County Breaks Ground on Clarksburg Historic District Sewer Extension
Clarksburg took another step forward last week as Montgomery County broke ground on the new sewer project in the Clarksburg Historic District.
On Thursday, Nov. 1, County Executive Ike Leggett, Councilmember Craig Rice, Director of Montgomery County Department of General Services David Dise and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Chief Scott Goldstein celebrated the start of construction of the Clarksburg Historic District, Phase 1 sewer extension with a groundbreaking ceremony. The ceremony was held at 23365 Frederick Road at the corner of Frederick Road and Spire Street.
“This is about promises kept,” said Dise as he introduced Leggett to the gathered stakeholders and residents.
“This is a promise being kept, but David,” quipped Leggett, who will be leaving office on Dec. 3, “you cut this one awfully close.”
“Usually, when we have groundbreaking it is about a building, but this project will be below ground,” continued Leggett. “However, it is important to the businesses in the Clarksburg Historic District, it is important to the Ten Mile Creek Watershed, and it is important to the quality of life throughout Clarksburg.”
“Over the past 12 years, Clarksburg has grown tremendously,” said Leggett. “This project supports the residents and businesses in the Clarksburg Historic District and provides the public infrastructure necessary for the future Clarksburg Fire Station #35.”
The new fire station will be built on a piece of land which is on the other side of the intersection with MD-355 and Clarksburg Road. The sewer needs to be completed before the new fire station can begin construction.
The project will remove residents and businesses from dependency on individual septic systems. The nearly half-mile of underground sewer main will drain into pump station to be constructed by Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). The station is located on the Miles/Coppola property, within the Ten Mile Creek Watershed.
“I am excited to get our shovels in the ground and get the Clarksburg Historic District sewer project started,” said Rice. “This project is an important next step in bringing sewer access and a long-awaited fire station to the community.”
Rice said the delays in the project were mainly due to the cost and water utility’s lack of will to proceed given the high cost of the project.
“The challenges that were there when this first came up and we presented to WSSC, and they said, ‘No, we don’t see this as a priority,’” said Rice. “I had to work the County Executive to tell WSSC that this is incredibly
important for this area. [WSSC] kept talking about that it is a small number of people that were going to benefit from this, and it wasn’t worth the expense. It wasn’t until we coupled the expense with the creation of the fire station in Clarksburg that it became a project where we could balance the costs and make into a project that made sense for WSSC to see the importance of doing this.”
The approximate $2.9 million project is expected to be completed in six months. Soltesz designed the project. Keller Brothers, Inc. is the contractor.