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Monday Breakdown: Downsville Pike development

April 14, 2013
  • Work is under way for a planned sewer project that has been in the works for several years on Downsville Pike (Md. 632).
Photo by C.J. Lovelace

There’s work taking place near the future site of the Washington County Board of Education central offices on Downsville Pike (Md. 632). Is it related to the school board’s recent $5.5 million purchase?

Assistant County Administrator Sarah L. Sprecher said in an email last week that the activity there is a planned sewer project that has been in the works for several years through the county’s Capital Improvement Program.

Several pieces of heavy machinery can be seen on the site, where it appears a large L-shaped trench is being dug along Downsville Pike, next to the Interstate 70 interchange in that area. Large piles of plastic pipes rest on the site as well.

Sprecher said the sewer upgrade will improve and redirect the current system that runs through the Halfway development area to connect to other nearby development areas.

“The completion of the project will allow for increased capacity in the Friendship Technology Park area, as well as to Sharpsburg Pike,” she said. “... It reroutes (sewage) to larger pipes on the other side of the interstate, which eventually leads to the water/sewer treatment plant on Elliott Parkway.”

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Sprecher said the $2.15 million project, which was first established in the county’s CIP fund during fiscal year 2005-06, is scheduled to be completed June 14.

“We are about $150,000 under budget,” she said.

The new BOE office purchase is within Friendship Technology Park. School system officials have said the 44-acre property could one day serve as the site for a new elementary or middle school.

— Compiled by C.J. Lovelace

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