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West Line Road Bridge Closed for Months

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Bridge on West Line Road (Photo: WBOC) Bridge on West Line Road (Photo: WBOC)

BISHOPVILLE, Md.- Superstorm Sandy destroyed a bridge on West Line Road in Worcester and Sussex Counties. Locals are frustrated because the bridge has yet to be fixed.

Penny Carley lives on Muskrattown Road, just 100 yards from the damage. She owns and operates a pet-sitting business.  She says that the situation has hit her pocket book.  "It creates an extra gas expense.  Plus the time that I spend on the road for a little service that I don't get a lot of money for anyway."

The detour is an extra 14 miles for Penny.  This has forced her to charge clients an additional $4. Penny isn't the only one annoyed by the situation.  Charles Nichols from Salisbury has not worked for five months.  He didn't expect the bridge to still be shut down.  He says, "now that the bridge is actually closed all the way down, I can't get through it.  So I have to drive all the way back around."

People are getting so desperate that last week a car drove through the sand barricade that was blocking the bridge.  

The bridge sits right between the Maryland and Delaware limits.  The damage is actually on the Delaware side and the Delaware Department of Transportation says that the bridge will cost $340,000 to repair.  The project has dragged on because the bridge needed to be redesigned.  The good news is the reconstruction should begin in mid-May.  

Penny is happy about this news. "it makes me more excited because then I can go back to a regular rates on my customers."  She hopes to regain some of the customers she lost after raising her prices.

The bridge is expected to be completed by the end of June.

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