Dominion Cove Point Steps Up to Help Re-design Intersection at Cove Point & Little Cove Point Road
The intersection at Little Cove Point Road and Cove Point Road saw improved road conditions in 2014. Dominion Cove Point LNG paid for roadway improvements, which included adding a turning lane. In 2015, Dominion purchased property east of the intersection and removed a fence that obstructed driver visibility. To further improve traffic safety, it was determined that a right angle turn was needed when entering Cove Point Road from Little Cove Point Road.
Rai Sharma, Director of Public Works, made a presentation to the Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). He stated that State Highway Administration (SHA) had approved the submitted plans and had applied for an access permit. The construction can start once the overhead utilities are relocated underground.
The estimated cost of this project is $250,000, which includes design and engineering permitting, utility relocation, construction and inspection. Dominion Cove Point LNG will provide the necessary property easement at no cost to the county and will contribute $250,000 to support the construction.
According to Mike Frederick, Vice president of LNG Operations, “we do this with the understanding that it is not required by the county or the State Highway Administration. It is the proper course of action, and we take it as a measure of our ongoing commitment to a safer Calvert County”.
Staff will seek planning commission concurrence on February 17, 2016 and then bring it back to the BOCC for final approval on February 23, 2016. They also recommended keeping the record open for ten days for public comment.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon