Ocean City Today

Flooding, wear addressed on 65th

By Katie Tabeling | Nov 02, 2017
Photo by: Katie Tabeling In October, Public Works crews ripped up 65th Street to upgrade its water line and to raise low-lying areas that frequently flood.

(Nov. 3, 2017) Crews are ripping up 65th Street, the well-traveled road that leads to the Public Works department, the district courthouse and Public Safety Building, to raise low-lying areas and to upgrade some underground infrastructure.

Public Works Director Hal Adkins said the road needs resurfacing because of its multiple potholes and fatigue cracking. In the process, the department will address the consistent flooding in front of the public safety building.

“We wanted to take the opportunity, before the campus plan project started, to upgrade the roadway elevation to eliminate the flooding [and] to upgrade water, sewer [and] storm drains,” he said.

Portions of the side street will be raised approximately two feet. A new storm drainage pipe and catch basins will be installed, as it would be needed to catch runoff associated with an elevated street.

In addition, a new 12-inch water main and new sewer line will be installed for the full length of the street.

When all the infrastructure is in place, crews will repave the area with base mix. The plan is to have the road work done by January, in time for construction to start on the $25 million Public Works campus project.

In the meantime, drivers who need to visit the Public Safety Building, district court or the Public Works Department should use 66th Street.


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