Route 161 bridge work

Contractors working for the Maryland State Highway Administration are removing tree trunks and other debris that is wedged under the Route 161 bridge over Deer Creek near Darlington. The highway has been closed at the bridge on Tuesday and Wednesday. (Aegis staff photo by Matt Button/Baltimore Sun Media Group / July 2, 2014)

Maryland State Highway Administration contractors were working with cranes to remove logs and other debris caught under the Route 161 bridge over Deer Creek near Darlington on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Route 161 [Darlington Road] has been closed at the bridge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. while the work is being done.

The debris removal is an annual occurrence at the bridge, which was built in 1996, according to SHA spokesman Dave Buck.

"It's been an issue before," Buck explained Wednesday. "It's a low bridge and logs and other things get wedged underneath it. I think we have been cleaning it out twice a year."

Cranes working Wednesday morning removed at least one good-sized dead tree trunk among the brush and other detritus lodging under the bridge.

Buck also said the SHA should know soon when work will begin to shore up Route 24 (Rocks Road) through the Rocks State Park area north of Forest Hill.

"We don't have a date yet, but hopefully we will in the next few weeks," he said.

The road is expected to be closed at the site of the work for several months.