OCEAN CITY, Md. - The Department of Public Works is beginning several off-season projects this month, including hydrant flushing, the final phase of the St. Louis Avenue project and street improvements in the Little Salisbury neighborhood.
In addition, public works personnel are working closely with the Army Corp of Engineers to repair the seawall on the north side of the Inlet.
Work for the final phase of the St. Louis Avenue project has already begun and road closures on St. Louis Avenue from 2nd Street to 4th Street should be expected during the early morning hours until further notice. Southbound traffic will be detoured to Philadelphia Avenue at 4th Street and northbound traffic will be detoured to Philadelphia Avenue then Baltimore Avenue at 2nd Street.
Residents in the Little Salisbury neighborhood should expect street improvements to begin this month. During the project, which will take place over the next two years with the exception of the summer months, the storm water piping systems are being replaced. In addition, sidewalk work will be addressed in both cases of ADA compliance and replacement of areas that may currently be in a state of condemnation due to cracks, uneven surfaces or surface delamination.
Also working in conjunction with the town, Comcast, Verizon, and DPL will be doing system upgrades to their cabling in the Little Salisbury neighborhood. This too will involve some partial sidewalk removals, directional boring, and excavation activities.
Residents should be aware that the infrastructure upgrades will include a sequence of events such as saw cutting of the road surface, excavation for the trench creation and pipe installation, backfilling of the excavation, and then pavement “patching” of the trenched area. Upon completion of all activities described above, the town will then begin roadway surface milling, roadway surface crack repair, pavement fabric installation and a mass re-pavement of the entire neighborhood.
Hydrant flushing of the water system will begin on October 26. The hydrant flushing, which is done bi-annually, will progress from south to north, beginning on South 1st Street and covering several blocks per day. Residents and businesses are reminded that after flushing there may be a slight discoloration of the water. This is not harmful and will dissipate after a short time. If you wish to clear your pipes, run cold water for several minutes until the water runs clear. The completion of this project is expected to be before November 1. For questions or concerns about the hydrant flushing in your area, please contact the Public Works Water Department at 410.524.8388.
In addition to the departments fall projects, the seasonal transportation and solid waste schedules are also in effect. The winter solid waste schedule will be in effect until May 10, 2015. Residential trash collections will be reduced to one day per week, while commercial trash collections will be reduced to three days per week.
The Coastal Highway Beach Bus will operate under the winter schedule from October 26-April 2, 2105. Busses will travel along Coastal Highway every 40 minutes from 6:20 a.m. until 11:35 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. There will be no bus service from 11:40 p.m. to 6:15 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday until April of 2015.