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Heavy Rains Speed Up Salisbury Bypass Maintenance

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SALISBURY, Md.- More roadwork begins on the Salisbury Bypass after a crack was spotted heading east toward Northwood Drive.


The State Highway Administration said they've known about the maintenance in this area for a while now. But, over the past couple of weeks heavy rain fall ultimately created a crack in the roadway accelerating the project.


SHA said the pipe under the roadway is one of the reasons behind the maintenance.


SHA Liaison Bob Rager said, "The pipe joints can shift and the joints can crack and then water starts running in there and its pulling dirt in which creates air pockets above the pipe. Eventually that works its way all the way up to the bypass here and it settles down into the lane here and you can see what we have is a crack."


A crack that Rager said could potentially be extremely dangerous. Rager said, "People keep driving over it, trucks keep driving over it, it could collapse."


Some Salisbury drivers said that they don't even bother getting onto the bypass because of this road work. Dave Donoway said, "It's dangerous people are switching in and out. A right lanes closed, this lanes closed, people are just cutting in and out on top of you."


But, others like Jim Berryhill of Salisbury said he believes the risks outweigh the traffic. Berryhill said, "It's got to be done, because if that concrete cracks and it breaks then you've got vehicles everywhere."


SHA said if the weather cooperates they expect the project to be completed in two weeks.

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