Allegany County CIP Includes Bridge Replacement, New Water Treatment Plant

A June 22, 2015, Cumberland Times-News article reported that the 2016-20 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) just passed by the Allegany County commissioners includes the necessary replacement of the Orleans Road Bridge, which is prone to flooding, and a new water treatment plant on the Potomac River.  According to the article, the CIP lists $16.4 million in projects, with the County likely have to fund $5.0 million of those costs.  Planned County expenditures for CIP projects includes $1.5 million in 2016 and $2.1 million in 2017. From the article:

The Little Orleans low-water bridge was built in 1938 by the New Deal Works Projects Administration, and floods regularly. The county has already spent $322,000 on the bridge replacement project, with no dirt being moved. County officials hope that after scaling back the project, that situation will change. The CIP budgets county funds of $50,000 for the bridge in 2016 and $525,000 in 2017, with the full cost of the project set as $3.7 million.

A feasibility study for the bridge replacement 10 years ago led to plans repeatedly derailed by environmental and archaeological concerns. …

A water treatment plant on the Potomac River has also been part of the county’s long-term plans for coping with the increased costs of water purchased from Cumberland and Keyser. A treatment plant on the river near the U.S. Route 220 corridor is technically feasible, county officials have said. A plant would allow at least some of the costs to be controlled by giving the county its own water supply. …

County officials have said the plant would allow the county to serve Bowling Green, Cresaptown and other areas. …

Building the plant is expected to cost $9.9 million, and while building the plant is included in the capital budget, the expectation is that the county will pay for the project with loan and grant money. No timeline has been projected for possible construction.

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