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Towson – Congressman John Sarbanes announced that Corman Construction Inc., an Annapolis based company, was awarded a $30.7 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act construction contract from the National Park Service to rebuild the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. This project which will begin in late 2010 is expected to last 18 months and to support approximately 62 jobs primarily in Maryland.
“This investment will put people to work while reconstructing and restoring a centerpiece of America’s front yard,” Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said. “The work on the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool will reduce water use, cut maintenance time and cost, improve access, and bring the site up to the standard Americans expect of their National Mall.”
Although the Lincoln Reflecting Pool is the back drop for millions of photos, it is in dire need of repair; the pool foundation is settling and it has poor water quality. Once rebuilt the pool will be equipped to re-circulate and cleanse the water, to maintain clean water. The restoration project also includes rehabilitation of the historic granite steps in the plazas in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The north and south walkways that run along the Reflecting Pool between the Lincoln and the World War II memorials will also be paved. Finally, the project will include a new lighting system and additional benches along the walkways.
Based in Annapolis, Corman Construction is a fourth generation family-owned and operated heavy construction company. Corman Construction has worked on many projects in the metropolitan Washington area including, the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge and rehabilitation of the National Park Service’s historic Monocacy Aqueduct.
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