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Bloede Dam Removal

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The removal of the Patapsco River's Bloede Dam downstream of Ilchester, Maryland has long been planned. The photos below capture the effort during May 2018 shortly prior to dam removal while an adjacent sewer line is relocated on the Baltimore County side of the river. A one-quarter-mile stretch of the B&O's historic early railroad engineering work in two forms of 19th century stone track has been destroyed by these efforts and lost.

Paving the way for this project was the building of the Grist Mill Trail atop the B&O's original Old Main Line alignment. In legal action, owner CSX ceded the disused B&O route to the state of Maryland ostensibly for the trail. Once the state owned the route it soon began the process of relocating the sewer line there. The Grist Mill Trail is scheduled to be restored during 2019.

Many readers emailed seeking info and photos of the project. All (de)construction photos below were snapped during May and June 2018.

trail closed no access required gear old B&O track

Patterson Viaduct (upstream limit of work)
from Ilchester Road zoom upstream viaduct east end deep cut

Cleanup of May 27, 2018 flood of Ellicott City and Patapsco River basin
washout rebuild road mud splash EC map 1878

Various stones, some B&O stringers, some circa 1830 track blocks
retaining wall perhaps to be restored some stringers some blocks mixed

Then (2008) / Now (2018), excavations are deeper than original B&O track and Grist Mill Trail
2008 2018 2008 2018

Nearing dam from upstream, dam not yet removed
saved topsoil new culvert wide work area dam pond trail end

Downstream of dam, looking upstream
stringers dam sewer work trail end deep zoom

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