The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Adminstration (SHA) is currently working to remedy a rock slide that occurred in western Maryland near the Allegany/Garrett County line in early January.
According to Charlie Gischlar, public information officer of the SHA, the Jan. 2 slide involved a section of the rock face on Bloomington Mountain adjacent to MD 135 (Bloomington Road) near Upper Savage River Road.
As a result, large boulders fell onto MD 135. Because the mountainside was unstable and a risk for further rock slides existed, the SHA closed a westbound lane on MD 135 and traffic was alternated using the eastbound lane guided by a temporary traffic signal.
A containment area made of concrete barrier was set up on westbound MD 135 to catch any rocks that may slide. SHA also placed a protection mat on WB MD 135 to protect the road surface from damage.
“Based on data collected from SHA’s engineering geologists and other experts in this field, the rock face of the mountainside is highly unstable and emergency measures are required to prevent further rock slides,” said Anthony Crawford, SHA district engineer. “Safety is our number-one priority and we are taking measures to lessen the chances of another rock slide.”
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