Rock Run project completion delayed to December
— 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
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.