ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 2, 2005) – Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. today announced approval of a more than $1.57 million grant by the Board of Public Works to assist the City of Baltimore in its continuing effort to end sewer overflows. The Board is comprised of Governor Ehrlich, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller William D. Schaefer. “These improvements will help eliminate separate sanitary sewer overflows that reach Gwynns Run and help improve water quality after heavy rain events,” said Governor Ehrlich. The Gwynns Run Interceptor Sewer project involves the construction of approximately 13,000 linear feet of new 30-inch sanitary sewer and manholes parallel to existing lines using micro-tunneling technology. The new sewer will supplement the existing lines and provide for additional capacity in peak flows periods during wet weather. It also satisfies requirements under a joint state-federal consent order with city.“This is an important step in improving the quality of water in the Chesapeake Bay,” said George L. Winfield, director of Baltimore City’s Department of Public Works. “This is good news for all the people of Maryland.” The total cost of the new sewer interceptor will be nearly $28 million. Future actions, including an anticipated state revolving fund loan of more than $26.3 million, will complete the financing. The city will repay the loan, via bond, over a period not to exceed 20 years following completion of the project. Initial construction for the project got underway in May with the work expected to be complete by July 2006.
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