New Bridge across Lost River
Earthen causeway removed.
Many people living in the Cacapon River watershed are probably unaware that,
until very recently, an earthen causeway spanned the Lost River near
McCauley. With flow restricted through two relatively small culverts, the
causeway would wash out during every high water event - sending large amounts of
stone and smaller sediment washing downstream again and again.
This causeway was "necessary" because a small private bridge, of
questionable structural integrity, was the only other way to get into Baughman
Settlement and money never seemed to be available for the State to build a new
bridge. The old bridge way mostly locked and opened only during high water
events that made the causeway unsafe (or gone). The construction of
Corridor H broke loose some funding and a new bridge was built and
commissioned in October 2002.
Building the new bridge allowed the earthen causeway to be
permanently removed in late October 2002. Some before and after pictures follow. It
should be interesting to watch the Lost River decide where its channel
"should" be over the next couple of years. Regardless of where
the river ends up, the Lost, Cacapon, Potomac and, ultimately, the Chesapeake
Bay will be spared a significant -- and continuously renewed -- source of