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Bloede Dam removal brings lengthy closure of popular trail at Patapsco Valley State Park

Bloede Dam removal brings lengthy closure of popular trail at Patapsco Valley State Park

At The Hub bike shop in Catonsville, some of the group rides that it hosts go through the Grist Mill Trail at Patapsco Valley State Park.

Soon, however, The Hub owner Scott Westcoast will have to change gears.

The upcoming removal of the Bloede Dam on the Patapsco River will cause a temporary closure of a portion of the trail that could last 1 1/2 years, as more than 1,500 feet of sewer line needs to be removed from the dam's river bed and moved underneath the frequently used trail.

The closure, which will start at Ilchester Road and continue to a point downstream from the dam, could begin as early as June and last until December 2017, according to Rob Dyke, park manager...

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