Oakley Street Seawall Replacement
This project will consist of demolition and removal of the existing deteriorated concrete seawall and construction of new concrete wall in the same location. The new concrete wall will be similar in appearance but will be elevated approximately 15” to provide additional protection. A contract for construction has been awarded and construction is expected to start in early September and last several months. The total project cost is approximately $342,000 with 75% being funded by a grant from Maryland Department of the Environment and 25% with local funds.
Oakley Street Seawall Replacement Update
Contractor David A. Bramble, Inc. recently finished placement of the concrete for the new seawall and has begun site restoration work which is expected to be completed over the next few weeks. Work to be completed includes installation of scuppers with check valves, rip-rap armor and scour protection, removal of the cofferdam used for dewatering, curb & sidewalk replacement and street resurfacing.
The height of the new wall is elevation 5.0 (NAVD datum). For reference, the recent flood event on Friday October 29 reach an elevation of 4.15 (NAVD datum).
Updated: November 2, 2021
Efforts to Address Ongoing Sewer Backup Issues in the West End Area
The City is aware of ongoing sewer problems in the West End area and has included funding in the current budget to begin addressing the issue. The budget includes $500,000 for planning and design services for improvements to the sewage collection system and Trenton Street pumping station which services the area. Another $100,000 has been budgeted to remove excessive grit and sediment from the sewer lines to improve capacity and performance. The City was unsuccessful with a recent grant request for $3.86 million from the FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program for sewer system upgrades but will continue to seek grant opportunities.