Hollins Ferry stretch closing for restoration of waterway Stream to be cleared, trees planted in $895,000 project

November 10, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

A 1,000-foot stretch of Hollins Ferry Road in Glen Burnie will be permanently closed to allow the restoration of a tributary of Sawmill Creek.

The State Highway Administration posted signs Thursday announcing the closure, which will also permit the addition of three acres of wetlands along Muddy Bridge Branch near Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, said spokeswoman Fran Counihan.

"One of our goals is trying to make sure that we do as little [harm] as possible to the environment," she said. "And if we have to make an impact, we try to mitigate it by doing something like this."

The stream, which runs into Sawmill Creek, has been clogged with sediment from runoff that has slowed the water flow, said Robert Shreeve, a project manager in SHA's environmental design office.

"We have a lot of sand in the stream," he said. "We don't have a lot of bottom habitat for bugs that can help support a fish population." The only fish that could survive now are fish that swim through sand, he said.

The project would entail stabilizing the banks and removing the concrete culvert beneath Hollins Ferry Road to allow freer water flow. A new culvert will be built for a proposed extension of Airport Park Road to Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, Shreeve said.

And more than 6,000 trees will be planted to replace a wetlands site cleared as part of the construction of Route 100, Shreeve said.

The $895,000 project will start later this month and will be completed by next summer, Counihan said.

Hollins Ferry Road will remain open between Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Allwood Drive and between Aviation Boulevard and Airport Park Road, Counihan said.

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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