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Downtown Salisbury Construction Project Temporarily On Hold

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The construction zone on East Main Street in Downtown Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC) The construction zone on East Main Street in Downtown Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md. - The first phase of construction on Salisbury's Main Street Master Plan has come to a halt after contaminated soil was discovered in the construction zone.

The soil was recently discovered by crews and the city of Salisbury must now wait for approval from the state of Maryland before the project can resume.

According to Salisbury Mayor, Jake Day, there are pieces of Salisbury's past that are delaying the future.

"There were four gas stations are this end of the plaza so we knew and anticipated with borings that we were going to run into contaminated soil," Mayor Day said Friday.

Crews were forced to let some of the gas dissipate that was reaching the surface so the construction zone would be safe to work in again.  Plus, the city had to submit a plan to the Maryland Department of the Environment about how the soil is going to be taken care of and removed.  The plan must be approved by MDE and then the contaminated soil can be taken care of.  However, the removal comes with a price.

"It costs a little bit more," Day said.  About $40,000 more.  We have a contingency built into the project, so this will eat into the contingency somewhat.  But again, this is a normal part of construction."

There is no exact date as to when the project will resume, but city leaders are hopeful it will be very soon.  Day said the first phase of the Main Street Master Plan project is anticipated to take a year to complete.  The Main Street construction will be completed by block.  The construction that has halted is taking place on the piece of Main Street from Route 13 to Poplar Street.  Day said that portion of the project should be complete by late February and because of the delay, construction is only a handful of days behind schedule.

To read more about the Main Street Master Plan in downtown Salisbury by visiting here.

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