LA PLATA, MD - The Charles County Commissioners held groundbreaking ceremonies on January 24, 2006, to officially kick off construction of the Talbot Street extension.
The new road will begin north of the current Courthouse parking lot facing Washington Avenue and end at U.S. 301 northbound at the former location of La Plata Glass. A quarter mile long, the Talbot Street extension is part of the Courthouse expansion project and is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. The new street will feature period street lighting, patterned crosswalks, sidewalks, and extensive landscaping. Two new parking lots for the Courthouse are also included in the project. The construction cost is approximately $2.736 million.
"In addition to providing additional parking for the upcoming Courthouse expansion, the new section of Talbot Street will help alleviate traffic congestion on Washington Avenue during peak traffic hours," said the County Commissioners.
The construction contractor is Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.; the project architect is Ron Litten & Associates; the project engineer is Ben Dyer & Associates; and the project manager is the Charles County Department of Public Facilities CIP/Building & Trades Division.
Photo: Shown at the Talbot Street groundbreaking from left to right are: Robert Heier, Ben Dyer & Associates, Interim County Administrator Roy Hancock; Commissioner Vice President Robert Fuller; Commissioner Candice Quinn Kelly, John Earle, Public Facilities; Commissioner Edith J. Patterson, Terri Kahouk, Public Facilities; Bill Proper, Public Facilities; Mike Mudd, Public Facilities; William Sandy, Public Facilities (hidden from view); and Ron Litten, Ron Litten & Associates.