DelDOT Repairing Spillway on Wooten Rd. in Laurel - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

DelDOT Repairing Spillway on Wooten Rd. in Laurel

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LAUREL, Del.– On Monday, the Delaware Department of Transportation closed a section of Wooten Road as work begins to repair the Trussum Pond spillway.

The retaining walls of the spillway were damaged due to erosion during heavy rains in late September 2016, according to DelDOT. Crews will be replacing the Trussum Pond spillway and retraining walls. In addition, scour protection will be placed to prevent further erosion.

“What we're hoping to do is make it as efficient as possible and operate correctly so that we don't have any flooding issues in the future,” said C.R. McLeod, DelDOT director of community relations. “Also to make sure that the bridge for crossing is structurally safe and sound as well."

Detours are in place and signage posted for drivers heading west at Hitch Pond Road and at Avery Road for travelers heading east.

According to DelDOT, the department will work closely with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to communicate potential boat ramp closures, as water levels will need to be drawn down to perform the work. As a result, the boat launch area may need to be closed at times.

This is the third significant project affecting Laurel drivers this year. Work wrapped up in late October to the Poplar Street Bridge in Laurel. The Central Avenue Bridge remains closed as DelDOT crews have been delayed in making repairs to it.

Work on the Trussum Pond spillway is expected to be complete in May of 2019.

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