Rock Run project com­ple­tion de­layed to De­cem­ber

Cecil Whig - - WE ATHE R - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— While progress is be­ing made on the in­stal­la­tion of a new, wider bridge over Rock Run on North Main Street, the project’s com­ple­tion has been de­layed by a month.

The de­lay is the re­sult of an Arte­sian Wa­ter project tak­ing place nearby, Mary­land State High­way

PORT DE­POSIT

Ad­min­is­tra­tion spokesman Charles Gis­chlar said

“We’re be­hind sched­ule,” he ex­plained Wed­nes­day. “We’re look­ing to open in mid-De­cem­ber.”

Orig­i­nally the new bridge was go­ing to open to traf­fic in early Novem­ber.

“We’re work­ing con­cur­rent with the (Arte­sian) wa­ter line,” Gis­chlar said.

SHA closed off North Main Street over the sum­mer, in- stalling a foot­bridge to al­low for the free flow of pedes­trian traf­fic. De­tour signs went up to help trav­el­ers get to venues on both sides of the con­struc­tion site. Sev­eral busi­nesses, in­clud­ing Union Ho­tel and Lee’s Land­ing Dock Bar, have added their own signs to as­sure cus­tomers can find their way.

Richard E. Pier­son Con­struc­tion, from Piles­grove, N.J., is do­ing both projects.

Arte­sian, which pro­vides wa­ter for Port De­posit, is in the process of in­stalling fu­ture wa­ter mains.

“All we’re do­ing is tak­ing care of the wa­ter mains that travel the same road,” said Joseph DiNun­zio, Arte­sian ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent.

DiNun­zio said it makes sense to do the projects con­cur­rently.

“It’s eas­ier to have all the work done at once,” he said, adding it avoids dig­ging up a freshly paved road. “Hope­fully no one has to touch it again in decades.”

That and the wider bridge, which will al­low for bet­ter flow of the wa­ter and de­bris through Rock Run, should help with some of the town’s no­to­ri­ous flood-prone ar­eas.

In or­der to have both projects main­tain mo­men­tum, SHA has moved the fo­cus of its work to the other side of the bridge.

“They need that wa­ter line work done be­fore we could do our work,” Gis­chlar said. “We have things we are do­ing to keep the project mov­ing.”

As day­light hours shrink with the ar­rival of fall, Gis­chlar said there will be fewer hours to get work done.

“We apol­o­gize to ev­ery­one. We’re do­ing ev­ery­thing we can,” he said.

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