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SHA: Lane of Md. 550 closed by mudslide could reopen by June

December 22, 2011

THURMONT, Md. — The Maryland State Highway Administration received a permit from the Maryland Department of the Environment to begin working on Md. 550 in Thurmont, according to SHA spokesman David Buck.

The road closed between Eylers Valley Flint Road and Kelbaugh Road due to a mudslide in April.

One lane of the road reopened in June. The other lane could reopen by June 2012, according to a published report Wednesday.

Buck said the SHA is in the process of selecting a contractor to work on the road. The work will include installing a concrete retaining wall, restabilizing the slope and instaling a permanent fence.

The work could begin in March or April and should last around or slightly longer than three months, Buck said.  

The estimated cost of the project will be between $600,000 and $800,000, Buck said.

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