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Revised Completion Date for Morris Mill Dam Project in Wicomico County

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FRUITLAND, Md.- The Morris Mill Dam rehabilitation project in Fruitland is expected to be completed by March 30, 2020, not the end of this year as hoped, according to Wicomico County Public Works.

Director of Public Works Dallas Baker said in a public update that the work began in September 2018 and was scheduled for a year. However, water was discovered seeping through the dam shortly after construction started, which required a halt to the work and a complete redesign. Baker said the redesign required a lengthy re-permitting process by the Maryland Department of the Environment Dam Safety Division to ensure the dam met current federal and state dam safety requirements.

According to Baker, when work resumed in late spring 2019 the estimated construction completion date was late fall/end of December. He said the contractor has been steadily working since the spring but at a recent meeting between Public Works and the contractor, a revised schedule was discussed with the contractor putting forward the construction completion date of March 30, 2020. 

Baker said construction challenges the project has to contend with include a live 6-inch gas main within the construction area, overhead utilities, water seepage from the pond and surrounding groundwater, and poor soil conditions. The redesign also added 30-foot deep steel sheet pile walls, along with twin 6-foot diameter concrete spillway pipes buried approximately 20 feet under the road surface.

"It is Public Works' number one priority to keep the project moving and keep the public informed of any changes to the schedule," Baker said. He added that Public Works, the contractor, MDE, and the designing engineer meet twice monthly to review the project progress and look for ways to expedite the schedule and solutions to any issues.  Proper rehabilitation of the dam is essential so the properties downstream of the dam are properly protected, Baker noted.   

 

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