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Wicomico Public Works Says Morris Mill Dam Project on Track to be Complete by End of Year

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FRUITLAND, Md.- The Morris Mill Dam rehabilitation project in Fruitland is on track to be done by the end of the year, according to the Wicomico County Department of Public Works.

The project was originally expected to be done by this September. However, work was put on hold after the contractor discovered water seeping through the dam soil, which forced the county to re-design its plans.

The project is being done to bring the dam up to current state standards and prevent a wash-out.

Public Works Director Dallas Baker said crews are driving down sheet pilings on the downstream side to prevent water from going through the dam and to hold the soil in place.

"They actually excavated all the way through the road surface now. They're installing the large concrete pipes. There are two 72-inch pipes that will serve as the principal spill way for the new dam structure," said Baker.

Some neighbors still have their doubts the project will be completed by the end of the year.

"Yeah, by December, that's almost laughable looking at how much work it looks like they have left and how long it's taken them up to this point," said neighbor Alex Ouattara.

Baker said progress is being made. He said the county apologizes for any inconvenience and the goal is to get the project done as soon as possible.

A road closure is in effect on South Division Street between Morris Mill Road and Emily Drive while construction is underway.

The original cost of the project was $1.8 million. Baker said the number is now $3.1 million.

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