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Neighbors Say Repairs Are Needed to Laurel Area Bridge

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LAUREL, Del. - "The bridge is in desperate, desperate need of repairs." 

Those were the words from Barbara Delong, of Laurel, talking about the Chipman's Pond Bridge. 

"It's falling apart," she said. "And we have traffic from work-traffic, local-traffic, farm equipment, school buses. Everything uses this bridge. Everybody."

Delong was voicing her concerns at WBOC's third Town Hall Meeting, in front of a crowd of nearly 100 others. When she spoke, she was greeted by nods of the head, and sighs in agreement. But whether something will actually get done is still up in the air, according to the Delaware Department of Transportation. 

"We want to dualize," said DelDOT Engineer Jason McCluskey. "But something might come up to make it unfeasible." 

The bridge, which is located just south of Chipman's Pond in Laurel, has "environmental" and "geometric" issues, that make a "dualization project" difficult, according to McCluskey. That being said, DelDOT is currently in the design phase for a plan to potentially fix the bridge. 

Neighbor Nellie Soucek said the road, which is only wide enough to fit one car, has led to many accidents. Even more troubling is a hole on the side of the road, which she said is an accident waiting to happen. 

"I'm concerned for the safety of the children," she said. "Can you imagine what would happen.. if one of the tires would get down into the hole?"

The bridge has even gotten the attention of lawmakers. Rep. Tim Dukes of Laurel said he has been trying to get repairs for nearly three years. He said he is even committed $60,000 from his Community Transportation Fund for the project. 

"I just want them to fix it," said Sourcek. "Because that is their job." 

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