WESTERNPORT, Md. – The Maryland State Highway Administration closed down Route 135 on Friday, April 17, which stretches a half mile from Westernport to Luke, due to a significant landslide. SHA officials said it could get worse with the expected weather Sunday night.
Tony Crawford, SHA District Engineer, said landslides occur in the springtime, typically after the snow begins to thaw.
“Number one – remove the hazard of the slide on top of the mountain. Number two – get the road open as soon as possible,” Crawford said. “There’s still movement on top and it’s too unstable to get a piece of equipment any further out, so at this point were going to keep 135 closed.”
Crawford said they closed down the route for pubic safety due to large trees and big boulders falling, plus lots of loose debris. He said this is likely the second largest landslide to happen on the western side of Westernport.