County hopes to reopen North Point Road by Friday
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 11:53

Baltimore City finally shuts off water line

by Ben Boehl

    The Baltimore County government says it is hoping to have the road open at North Point Road  near German Hill Road by the end of the week.
    The road was closed on Thursday, Jan. 17, and was set to reopen within a week after a hole appeared in the surface at a bridge over Bread and Cheese Creek.

    According to David Fidler of the Baltimore County Department of Public Works, the hole appeared after there was a leak in the water main beneath the road — a 12-inch pipe dating to 1928.
    Fidler added that this type of road work usually takes a few days, but the county anticipated it being up to a week since Baltimore City had to first shut off the water to the leaking main.
    Three weeks later, the road is still closed.
    Fidler  doesn’t want to blame Baltimore City for the delay because they have been busy with water main breaks all over the region — as often happens with frigid temperatures — but Baltimore County couldn’t begin repairs until the water lines were shut off and redirected.
    “It was supposed to be done within a few days, but you never know what you are going to encounter with the weather,” Fidler said.
    He confirmed that Baltimore City was able to get out to the North Point Road site early in the week and the county started working on the project, which includes cutting and capping the underline of each side of the bridge.
    The project should be finally completed and the road reopened by Friday, weather permitting.