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Six months after mudslide, one lane of Md. 550 remains closed

October 21, 2011

THURMONT, Md. — It has now been more than six months since Md. 550 (Sabillasville Road) in Thurmont closed because of a mudslide between Eylers Valley Flint Road and Kelbaugh Road.

It's been four months since one lane of the road reopened to traffic.

Geoff McCammon, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, said Friday there is still no timetable for when the road will completely reopen.

Drainage systems to help control the runoff and a temporary traffic signal were installed before the road reopened to one lane, but there are still safety issues that need to be addressed before the road can completely reopen, McCammon said.

Among the safety issues is trying to figure out how to protect traffic from the debris if another mudslide does occur.

The mudslide on Md. 550 occurred April 17, following several days of heavy rain and storms. A minor mudslide had occurred the night before, and when crews went out to inspect it that morning, the embankment broke loose.

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— Caleb Calhoun, Mobile Journalist

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