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The Maryland State Highway Administration will reopen Route 234, Budds Creek Road, over Allens Fresh Run by Tuesday evening, Nov. 22, according to a news release from the state agency.

Replacement of the small bridge over Allens Fresh Run became necessary following heavy rains in August and September that washed out the bridge, forcing SHA to close the road.

“I know it has been a difficult few months for commuters, residents and business owners in Southern Maryland, and we thank everyone for their patience,” said Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley in the release sent Monday afternoon. “Getting the road back open was a challenge but workers from SHA and our contractors moved as quickly as possible to restore traffic for the residents of Southern Maryland.”

A steel temporary bridge was erected following extensive site-preparation work, she said.

Prior to assembling the temporary bridge, crews stabilized the work site by driving large steel sheet piles deep into the soil beneath Allens Fresh Run, then backfilling and anchoring the sheet piles with a concrete and steel tie-back system. The temporary span was placed at a slight offset from the roadway.

Design is under way for the permanent structure, which can now be constructed without the need for additional closures of Route 234, according to SHA officials.