Ches. City bridge project to bring delays
Five-month rehab to start later this month
— Residents of the southern county will have to soon grow accustomed to a new headache as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closes one lane of the Chesapeake City Bridge over the C&D Canal for the better part of five months during a repainting project.
After recently finishing
the three-year repainting project on the Summit Bridge, which carries Delaware Route 896 over the canal, and the Reedy Point Bridge, which carries Delaware Route 9, the Corps turned its focus to a request for the 67-year-old Maryland bridge.
Corps officials met with town officials last week to update them on the project that was originally billed to start last fall, but has been delayed until now. Crews with Corcon Inc., an Ohiobased construction firm that specializes in bridge painting and has completed major projects like the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, will begin the $6.8 million project in mid-April, although a firm date has not been decided, said Tim Boyle, a Corps spokesman.
Crews will work at least five days a week — possibly six to expedite work — on the project that is expected to end shortly after Labor Day. With crews working
George Kaplan, site captain for the clean up behind St. Mary Anne’s Episcopal Church, said he has been a captain with the project for three years. He and his group cleaned up behind the church and the creek that leads to the Little Northeast Creek, next to Paradise Grill.
Sara Hogate, a Delaware resident, and her boyfriend, Clay Troy, a North East resident, were part of Kaplan’s group. They are both members of the association, but this was their first time in participating in the cleanup.
“Actually, we use the waterways very frequently,” Hogate said.
She said they paddle board, fish and go boating, so they have personal experience seeing how badly the waterways need a cleanup.
“It’s so gross. You want to go out there for a relaxing day and there’s trash everywhere,” Hogate said.
She said she and Troy take the extra step and carry a trash bag and clean up trash when they go out. Hogate said the program is powerful and important for the town and watersheds to take littering seriously.
Also on Saturday, Friends of the Bohemia Inc. cleaned up along Route 213, near the bridge and Bohemia Mill Pond.
Chuck Foster, director of Friends of the Bohemia, said 24 volunteers came to help the effort.
In total, the two trash piles from the two sites was 940 pounds of trash, Foster said. He said 78 bags of trash and miscellaneous other items such as sheet metal the tire and rim and some broken up furniture were taken to the landfill.
Foster said items such as a golf cart roof, a syringe, sheet metal and a crab line tied to a tree were found during the clean up. He also said about 500 cigarette butts, about 150 bottles and cans and over 100 plastic bags were also collected.
“There’s no amount of money that we can pay to fix this,” Foster said.
He said trash and debris makes its way to the watershed and into the bay at some point.
Site captain Tom Payne and his wife, Elise, Chesapeake City residents, came to help the effort. Elise said two trucks beeped and wave at her as she was cleaning up.
John Hagee, North East resident, put it simply as to why he was a first-time volunteer cleaning up.
“I just think it’s a good civic thing to do,” Hagee said.
A repainting project targeting the deteriorating pedestrian railings seen here will close one lane of the Chesapeake City Bridge for five months starting in a few weeks.
Volunteers with the Friends of the Bohemia Inc. hauled away several hundreds pounds of trash and debris from sites along Route 213.