Picking up after Mother Nature in Darlington

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.

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