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10-Month Project Affects Abbie Place Area South of Liberty Road and Milford Mill Academy

The Department of Public Works will replace one mile of sewer line in the Milford Mill area starting this month. Utility crews will begin with the replacement of an obsolete line running through Abbie Place (south of Liberty Road and Milford Mill Academy) on or about the last week of July. They will continue through a service drive along Liberty Road and then progress along parts of Washington Avenue and Lynn Haven Drive. The project should take about ten months and be completed by next summer, with crews finishing at the intersection of Lynn Haven Drive and Ripple Road.

During construction, which includes relocating other utility lines in Abbie Place, parts of the route will be intermittently closed to traffic. Some of the work on Liberty Road and Washington Avenue will be done at night. Detours, when required, will be posted.

The Abbie Place Sewer Relief project is part of Baltimore County’s billion-dollar effort to improve the sanitary sewer system. The new line, costing $2.6 million, will increase capacity and should eliminate sanitary sewer overflows, according to County engineers.


Another Clean Green County Initiative

At beautiful Meadowood Park in Lutherville this morning, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced to recycling advocates and recreation leaders that the County has initiated recycling collection in 12 Baltimore County parks.

“Recycling brings critical environmental benefits, both locally and globally,” Kamenetz said. “Offering our residents the opportunity to recycle conveniently in parks is another step toward a clean, green Baltimore County.”

The parks included in the program are:

  • Banneker Historical Park and Museum
  • Eastern Regional Park
  • Honeygo Regional Park
  • Marshy Point Nature Center
  • Meadowood Regional Park
  • Northwest Regional Park
  • Reisterstown Regional Park
  • Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park
  • Oregon Ridge Lodge and Nature Center
  • Robert E Lee Park
  • Loch Raven Fishing Center (seasonal)
  • Rocky Point Beach and Park

These parks were selected because they already have on-site staff who empty trash and aggregate it in dumpsters for weekly collection. Although no significant additional personnel time will be required, each of these sites will need additional equipment and fixtures to implement the program. The initial cost excluding the weekly hauling is approximately $44,000. 

Either the private hauler for each area or the County’s Property Management staff will empty the dumpsters on a set schedule. Private haulers charge approximately $88 per unit per year depending upon location.

The program began in May and features a combination of blue or white recycling barrels and attractive green trash and recycle containers. Two of the green containers will be placed at each of the designated parks and the number of barrels varies according to the park’s popularity, size and anticipated amount of recyclables.

“It is important to offer residents every opportunity to recycle and I congratulate County Executive Kamenetz on his continuing commitment to protecting our environment,” said County Council Chair Cathy Bevins.

Clean Green County Facts

  • Our residential recycling program continues to break records in terms of tonnage collected, and is generating approximately $2 million in net revenues per year.
        
  • Baltimore County continues to be recognized by the national Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for our investment in community trees, plus we are aggressively pursuing our goal of increasing the County’s overall tree canopy to 50 percent coverage.
      
  • Our stream restoration program is nationally recognized, with seven stream restoration projects completed since 2011 and more than two dozen now in the planning and design stages.
       
  • We are putting the Stormwater Utility Fee funding to work with projects all around the County including:
    • street sweeping
    • storm drain cleaning
    • stormwater facility inspection, maintenance and upgrades
    • shoreline stabilization
    • urban canopy tree planting
    • reforestation
    • monitoring, planning and programming
    • other improvements to impervious surfaces
               
  • DPW is promoting residential recycling with billboards promoting the benefits of recycling, including environmental, jobs and landfill conservation. The three billboards can be viewed on the County’s Facebook page at:

 


Plan is to Better Connect Neighborhoods to Downtown Towson

More and more people are riding bicycles all around town. The Towson Spokes bicycle improvement project will help connect neighborhood cyclists to the Towson Loop bikeway, which circles the downtown Towson business district.  From the Loop, cyclists can access shops, restaurants, County government offices and the Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. 

The Baltimore County Departments of Planning and Public Works are holding an open house meeting to present plans for signing and marking major streets in the Towson area with bicycle improvements. The suggested improvements range from bike route signs to pavement markings and bike lanes.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and provide feedback   Thursday, July 16 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Towson Library Meeting Room, 320 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21204.

More information about the project is available at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/bikeproject.

The Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee identified the Towson Spokes project as a priority for implementation, since it supports the existing Towson Loop bikeway. Funding for the Towson Spokes project is provided through a grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Bikeways Program.  

For more information, contact Kathy Schlabach at 410-887-3521 or kschlabach@baltimorecountymd.gov .


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