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One lane of road closed by mudslide in April will open soon, says SHA official

June 02, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com

THURMONT, Md. — It has been more than six weeks since Md. 550 (Sabillasville Road) in Thurmont closed because of a mudslide. According to the Maryland State Highway Administration's website, the road remains closed between Eylers Valley Flint Road and Kelbaugh Road.

Geoff McCammon of the Maryland State Highway Administration in Frederick, Md., said Thursday that one lane of the road will soon be open, but there is still no timetable for when it will be permanently fixed.

"We have been working hard on an interim solution to partially open the road just so there is some travel," he said. "I understand this has been frustrating for many people who usually take this road to work."

In order to open the road to one lane of traffic, McCammon says that a temporary traffic signal will have to be installed.

"We have to make sure everything is OK if we are going to partially open the road," McCammon added. "We have already put up a barrier wall to catch any debris that might affect one lane of traffic."

The installation of drainage systems  to help control all the runoff that can be caused by rain has also been completed, according to McCammon.

Although McCammon says he is focusing on partially opening the road, he added that he is still trying to find a permanent solution.

"The crews are still working to fix the problem, but right now our main focus is to temporarily open the road to one lane," he said. "After that, we will begin to focus on a permanent solution."

Right now, a detour is set up for drivers to take Md. 77 for 10 miles to Foxville-Deerfield Road.

The mudslide occurred Sunday, April 17, following several days of heavy rain and storms.

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