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WSSC and Riverdale Park Enter Historic Agreement to Replace 85-Year-Old Mains

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§ WSSC and Riverdale Park Enter Historic Agreement to Replace 85-Year-Old Mains

By Chris Davis

On June 19, the Town of Riverdale Park and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) entered into an agreement for the replacement of the water main and hook-ups to individual properties on Riverdale Road (4700 though 5400 blocks), which were originally constructed around the time of World War I. This replacement and others described later are needed due to the deteriorating conditions of the existing water mains. Although this work will inconvenience residents for the next several months, in the long-run, the alternative could be far worse. If the mains are not replaced now, we can expect continued breaks throughout town and a patchwork quilt of utility repairs onour local roadways. As a result of the negotiations, WSSC will complete work by October 15 and will provide additional work crews to move the project forward quickly. Work was projected to begin June 20.

Timing has been critical, because failure to complete the CDBG projects on the road by winter would potentially jeopardize up to $750,000 in federal and state funds, which are being used for decorative lighting; new curbs, gutters, and sidewalks; and an asphalt overlay. It was important to work out this historic agreement now, so that the utility company would not be digging up a brand new roadway. The WSSC and town construction will occur at the same time.

Additional water main replacement and sewer rehabilitation work is expected to begin in late summer on the following streets, mostly in Ward 4:

  • 4500 block of Madison Street
  • 4500 and 4600 blocks of Oliver Street
  • 5800 and 5900 blocks of Cleveland Avenue
  • 4500 and 4600 blocks of Riverdale Road
  • 6200 block of East Beale Circle
  • 6000 through 6400 blocks of Rhode Island Avenue
  • 6300 block of 47th Avenue
  • 4500 and 4600 blocks of Sheridan Street
  • 4500 and 4600 blocks of Tuckerman Street
  • 6000 and 6100 blocks of 44th Avenue
  • 6100 block of 44th Place
  • 6300 and 6400 blocks of 45th Place
  • 6300 and 6400 blocks of 46th Avenue
  • 6200 block of 54th Avenue.

The town is still negotiating with WSSC to determine how to replace some of the newer construction that will be damaged by their work.

Efforts are being made to ensure that the construction does not greatly inconvenience residents in regard to traveling on our roads or in water service. For more information, contact the Town Office, 301-927-6381, or Chris Davis, Ward 4 Councilmember, 301-277-6615.

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