Otsego Street closure delayed by red tape
In mid-October, first responders in both Cecil and Harford counties were notified that a portion of Perryville's Otsego Street would close November 1.
The road is still open.
According to Ralph Ryan, engineer for the Town of Perryville, it is uncertain exactly when the street, from Aiken Avenue to Evans Street, will close. But when the closure takes place it will last a month. Originally, it was scheduled to be shut from November 1-30.
In mid-October it was determined that in order to run conduit for stormwater management for Perryville's new police department building and other upgrades in the area of town hall, Otsego would close to vehicles.
The delay in closing the road is due to a specific pipe needed for the project under the railroad. That section of pipe needs to be approved by officials from Norfolk Southern Railway. The original pipe needed for the project couldn't be obtained because it is only sold in quantities that exceed the needs of the project. The change in pipe has delayed the work.
"We will close the road when it's appropriate," said Ryan, who said there is no need to inconvenience people before it's necessary. "We are trying to get this done as fast as possible. The railroad calls for a specific type of pipe. When the (railroad officials) finish looking at the pipe specs we can order it and start the work. We don't want to close the road without the pipe."
During the closure, you won't be able to drive across the railroad tracks but pedestrian access is permitted.
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