It will be a whole new year before those who travel the north end of Port Deposit can stop taking the detour route.
"MD 222 over Rock Run has been delayed pretty much since the beginning for a variety of issues," said David Buck, Media Relations Manager of the State Highway Administration.
"Initially, the water utility relocations took longer than anticipated. Then we began to dig down for placement of the first bridge abutment, we ran into granite. Lots of granite. Way too much granite. That slowed progress tremendously. As we have begun to dig for the second abutment, there is not as much granite so the second abutment is proceeding more quickly.
An Artesian water line relocation is still in progress as well. Current open to traffic date is early January," said Buck.
Those likely impacted more than most by the closure and subsequent delays are Mayor Wayne Tome, Sr. and his family. The mayor lives at the detour.
He said drivers who don't heed the signs, turn around in his driveway. One driver, yelled at the mayor's daughter to move her vehicle so he could turn around. "The road being closed is really inconvenient. And we're taking the brunt of it. People are turning around in my driveway and it's constant," said Tome.
The town is also fighting to save the granite and have it incorporated into the project. There are issues with American Disabilities Act compliance with granite sidewalks. The town has also fielded numerous complaints from businesses who are unhappy with the traffic detours caused by this project.
Before the replacement, the Maryland 222 (North Main Street) Bridge over Rock Run in Port Deposit had been a critical transportation link along the Susquehanna River for 86 years.
The new bridge is nearly 15 feet wider, has been moved slightly to the west, and has been realigned.
Initially, work was supposed to get underway June 16 and be completed by late August.
It was delayed at the outset. The next plan had completion slated for early October. Then it was pushed to mid November.
The project is part of Governor Larry Hogan's $1.97 billion investment in highways and bridges.