A low water crossing on Bollinger Creek Road, Lake Rd. 7-13, has been under construction since April 11 and Camden County Road and Bridge Administrator Lee Schuman says concrete work has been completed.

A low water crossing on Bollinger Creek Road, Lake Rd. 7-13, has been under construction since April 11 and Camden County Road and Bridge Administrator Lee Schuman says concrete work has been completed.

The project goal as a whole is to remove the low water crossing present and install a two lane, single box culvert. Schuman says a major task ahead is to raise the road level for proper elevation. In order to do this, travelers in the area should expect to see many full gravel trucks around the area as they move in the material to complete the lift. Once levels are raised, Schuman says they hope to begin asphalt work near the culvert in late July to early August.

Schuman says this change is necessary to control water levels on the roads in this area and to maintain asphalt quality due to water damage. Over the last three years, he says there have been four separate events in the area that have resulted in flooding and asphalt removal due to heavy water levels. There have also been multiple events of undrivable conditions when heavy rain has flooded the previously present low water crossings.

Camden County Road and Bridge teams have made it a main effort to replace and update storm crossings throughout the county. Schuman says they have completed 13 projects since taking on the initiative. This includes work such as replacing rusting pipes and upsizing drainage materials.

“These upgrades are necessary to keep damage from the roads in bad conditions,” Schuman said.

Schuman says Road and Bridge have set aside a $20,000 material budget for the Bollinger Creek Road project, which he says is also around the average is takes to complete each of the other assignments. The country is using in-house labor and equipment for the work to be completed.

Schuman asks that drivers in the area remain cautious of construction signs and work vehicles. He says detour signs are present to prevent major delays in these areas while work is being finished over the coming weeks.