Work continues on Devil's Backbone Dam

Md. 68 to reopen in about two weeks

August 09, 2011
  • The Devil's Backbone Park rehabiliation project involves stabilizing the dam and the streambank along Lappans Road (Md. 68).
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

Lappans Road (Md. 68) remains closed to through traffic at Devil's Backbone Park as part of the rehabilitation of Devil's Backbone Dam across Antietam Creek.

The road is expected to reopen in about two weeks, according to Robert Slocum, deputy director of Public Works for Washington County.

Lappans Road closed Tuesday, July 5, so the streambank of the roadway along Antietam Creek could be stabilized, according to a published report in July. Parts of the road, including some of the guardrail, began falling in the creek, Slocum said. To help fix the problem, workers placed a foundation of stones along the streambank.

All of Devil's Backbone Park has been closed since the beginning of June for the rehabilitation of Devil's Backbone Dam. The project, in addition to stabilizing the streambank, involves improving the dam itself. Slocum said a concrete structure not visible to the public will be placed behind the dam to help stabilize it, and the front of the dam will be refaced.

The entire project is expected to be completed in November.

C. William Hetzer Inc. was contracted to work on the project, which costs almost $1.57 million. Of that amount, $550,000 is coming from a state grant to the county, and another $363,110 is being paid directly by the state according to Slocum.

— Caleb Calhoun, Mobile Journalist

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