by Lisa Tome
Wayne Tome the property owner is far from happy.
Last summer he struck up a deal with contractors allowing them to use his driveway for two and a half months. He was paid $1,000. Now, almost six months later, the contractors are still there.
And he hasn't received another payment.
Tome, who is also the Mayor of Port Deposit, is now considering legal action against the State Highway Administration. Tome's driveway is a mess, there's now a sewer manhole next to the historic mill that he owns and much more. It was all due to the replacement of the Rock Run Bridge and the related work.
Tome is fed up.
Not all of his problem is the fault of the State Highway. Drivers haven't heeded the "Road Closed" signs and have ended up struggling to find a place to turn around - most have used Tome's driveway.
"It's a muddy, dirty mess. Even the county complained about it. Tractor trailers and delivery trucks follow GPS and turn around here. All hours of the day or night the delivery trucks get stuck here. A driver yelled at my daughter. The state doesn't care. They didn't interface with me as a property owner," said Tome. His retirement project, a 1729 mill that he owns next to his house, is now devalued due to that sewer pipe.
"They say that next Friday the road will open up. But then they'll be nipping and tucking," said Tome.
When contractors began working on Port Deposit's Rock Run Bridge, it was supposed to be a two and a half month project and wrap up by the end of August 2016.
According to David Buck, Media Relations Manager for the State Highway Administration, the deck pour for the Rock Run Bridge happened 10 days ago. While the deck is curing, crews will finish the remaining work around the bridge as weather permits. That work includes compaction and paving of the bridge approach areas, installation of guardrails, signs, stripes, and more. The bridge will open in February.
Initially, the crews were to use Tome's property from July 20 through August 29.