Rock Run Bridge project back on sched­ule

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

PORT DE­POSIT — Af­ter a two week de­lay, work is ex­pected to re­sume Mon­day at the Rock Run Bridge on North Main Street, a state of­fi­cial said Fri­day.

“The orig­i­nal plans had the con­trac­tor us­ing con­crete blocks as part of their stream di­ver­sion sys­tem,” said David Buck, spokesman for the Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

How­ever a change was made by that con­trac­tor, Richard Pier­son, Co. of Wood­stown, N.J.

The com­pany asked the Mary­land De­part­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment for per­mis­sion to use a trench box in­stead, Buck said.

“Ul­ti­mately MDE al­lowed the con­trac­tor to use the trench box, as long as they an­chored it in place,” he said, in­di­cat­ing those an­chors would pro­tect a wooden bridge down­stream in case of a mas­sive flood event.

Though the switch took a few weeks to get re­solved, work on the project is mov­ing for­ward again, Buck noted.

Work started in early July on the $2.8 mil­lion project to re­place the bridge on North Main Street in Port De­posit with a wider span that in­cludes pedes­trian ac­cess. De­tours are set up tak­ing traf­fic away from the con­struc­tion.

Buck said the project still has a 10-week com­ple­tion ex­pec­ta­tion.

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