Muddy Lane Restoration Project


Elkton, Maryland
Muddy Lane Restoration Project
Muddy Lane, once a scenic roadway between Interstate-95 and Red Hill Road, currently stands as a littered and vandalized roadway that continues to degrade. The railway bridge that extends over Muddy Lane is covered in graffiti, the abutment walls of the bridge are covered in graffiti, and the drainage ditches are filled with discarded trash. The abutment walls are managed by Cecil County Roads Division. The bridge beams above the roadway are owned and managed by Amtrak. 
 

Your Generous Donation
All donation amounts are welcome. Funds will be used towards the planning, preparation, and painting of two 30 foot murals on the bridge beams. In addition, the funds will be used to host four volunteer trash clean up events per year that will remove large amounts of discarded trash from the side of the roadway. Please help us make this a reality by donating to this cause.It’s time to take back your city, Elkton, Maryland!
In addition to private donations we are seeking funding from non-profit and city agencies, highway departments, neighborhood associations, and businesses.
 
 
Why a Mural?
Studies have shown that murals help keep graffiti off walls that have been chronically hit or have a long history of vandalism. Murals are rarely defaced by graffiti and instill a sense of pride among those who live nearby. All over the U.S., graffitied walls have been transformed into scenes of American and frontier history, landscapes, and ethnic pride.
 

Why Does This Project Matter?
While I realize that there may be other projects that need attention in the town of Elkton, I also feel that is our responsibility as adults and leaders in the community to help where we can with what we can. Many have explained that they feel there are more pressing issues in Elkton to deal with, such as drug related issues and crime. While I don’t disagree, I also believe that change occurs through small steps, not huge leaps. One citizen, one project at a time, things will get better. Let us focus on the projects that we can accomplish, then celebrate our victories, no matter how small they may seem at first. Over time, with multiple wins, the community will get better.
 
 
Progress Report
Abutment Walls – Complete
Bridge Beams – In Progress
Discarded Litter – Continued Effort
 
 

Abutment Walls – COMPLETE
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Completion Time: 1 year, 9 months
 
Phase 1 – Contacted Cecil County Public Works Dept. and advise of the graffiti on the abutment walls and the beams, as well as the liter problems on the roadway. Also address the dangerous walking path under the bridge. Received response with information as to the ownership of the roadway and bridge (CSX). Rejection of (ROW) right-of-way proposal due to insufficient budget.
Completed Feb 2016
 
Phase 2– Started a GoFundMe page to raise awareness and begin funding campaign.
Completed Jun 2017
 
Phase 3 – Contacted Director of Cecil County Public Works Dept regarding the graffiti on the abutment walls of the bridge.
Completed Jul 2017
 
Phase 4 – Contacted Cecil County Public Works Dept. and Cecil County Roads Division as follow up regarding the graffiti on the abutment walls of the bridge.
Completed Oct 2017
 
Phase 5 – Received word from Cecil County Roads Division that the abutment walls have been painted!
Completed Nov 2 2017
 
 
 
Bridge Beams – IN PROGRESS
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Phase 1 – Contacted Cecil County Public Works Dept. and advise of the graffiti on the abutment walls and the beams, as well as the liter problems on the roadway. Also address the dangerous walking path under the bridge. Received response with information as to the ownership of the roadway and bridge (CSX). Rejection of (ROW) right-of-way proposal due to insufficient budget.
Completed Feb 2016
 
Phase 2 – Contacted Public Projects Manager of CSX and advised of the graffiti concerns on the bridge beams. Received response from CSX stating that Amtrak is the new owner of this railway beam.
Completed Jun 2017
 
Phase 3– Started a GoFundMe page to raise awareness and begin funding campaign.Raise funds to complete one mural.
In Progress
 
Phase 4 – Contacted Amtrak and placed a formal case file for the graffiti on the beams of the bridge. Continued follow up.
Completed Jul 2017
 
Phase 5 – Contacted Amtrak as follow up regarding the case placed for the graffiti on the beams of the bridge. Received response going over the guidelines and requesting an artist’s design to submit for approval.
Completed Aug 2017
 
Phase 6 – Contacted Artist and Commissioned mural design and received quote for labor and materials. Submit artist's mural design to Amtrak per their request.
Completed Feb 2018
 
Phase 7 – Press by the Cecil Whig regarding the plans and goals of the project.
https://www.cecildaily.com/news/local_news/elkton-native-continues-efforts-to-restore-muddy-lane-bridge/article_b1f7300b-5315-5f67-a581-a6128215d957.html 
Completed Feb 2018

Phase 8 – Contact Keep America Beautiful regarding the project.
Completed Mar 2018
 
Phase 9 – Contacted Cecil County Arts Council to Request Funding for the Project.  
Completed Jun 2018

Phase 10 - Received license agreement from Amtrak which includes details regarding deposit, annual fee for property use, Commercial Liability Insurance, as well as several other requirements.
Completed Aug 2018

Phase 11 – Contacted Cecil County Arts regarding proposal and funding. Followed up with Keep America Beautiful regarding proposal and funding.
Completed Sept 2018
 
Phase 12 – Continue researching county, state, and federal organizations for funding. Any suggestions are welcome! 
In Progress
 
Phase 13 - Recruit schools, arts organizations, neighborhood groups, and others to gather volunteers to help paint the mural. Artistic ability is not required. Involve youth and local arts students in the mural development process. This is an opportunity for students to learn graphing and mural techniques. 

Phase 14 - Paint two 30 foot murals, one on each side of the bridge beam. Coordinate traffic flow with Cecil County Roads Dept. and insure that all insurance requirements, and otherwise have been met for Amtrak.

Phase 15 – Have a dedication event. 
 
 
 

Discarded Litter – CONTINUED EFFORT
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Feb 2018 - Officially adopted Muddy Lane through the Cecil County Adopt-A-Roadway program. 
Mar 2019 - Recommended and requested signage around Muddy Lane Bridge to discourage further litter. 

2018
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1st Annual Trash Bash Event: April 14, 2018
2nd Small Trash Event: May 7, 2018
3rd Small Trash Event: June 9. 2018
4th Small Trash Event: October 20, 2018

2019
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2nd Annual Trash Bash Event: May 18, 2019
2nd Small Trash Event: 
3rd Small Trash Event: 
4th Small Trash Event: 




Budget:
$400 - Commission Artist Design (Wish Unlimited)
$3,700 - Paint Beam x 1 (30’ mural; equipment rental, supplies and labor)
$3,700 - Paint Beam x 1 (30’ mural; equipment rental, supplies and labor)
$1,000 – Amtrak Refundable Deposit for Property Use
$500 – Amtrak Annual Property Usage Fee (1stYear Only)
$0 – Beam Preparation Fee (Contingent on Artist’s Assessment)
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$9,300 Initial Goal
-$1000 Refundable Deposit
$8,300 Goal

Note: Any additional money raised (beyond the goal) will go towards the Amtrak annual property usage fee as well as supplies needed for the litter cleanup events to maintain the roadway.    
 
 
 
Money Raised
$645.00
-$18.71 (2.9% GoFundMe Platform Fee)
-$2.70 ($0.30 Per Transaction Fee x 9)
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$623.59 Raised
Thank you for your generous donations!
 
 
 
Money Spent
$400.00 - Commission Artist Design (Wish Unlimited)
$0.00 – Trashbags (Provided by County Roads Div.)
$0.00 - Safety Vests (Provided by County Roads Div.)
$0.00 - Road Signs (Provided by County Roads Div.)
$0.00 - Gloves (Donated by Zionkowski Volunteer Group)
$0.00 - Tent (Donated by Zionkowski Volunteer Group)
$0.00 – Food/ Water for Volunteers (Donated by Zionkowski Volunteer Group)
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$400.00 Spent
$223.59 Remaining





April 14 2018


May 7 2018


SIDE 1 - BEFORE ANY WORK


SIDE 1 - ABUTMENT WALLS PAINTED
NOVEMBER 2017


SIDE 1 - PROPOSED MURAL
FEBRUARY 2018


SIDE 2 - BEFORE ANY WORK


SIDE 2 - ADBUTMENT WALLS CLEANED
NOVEMBER 2017


SIDE 2 - PROPOSED MURAL
FEBRUARY 2018


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    • $25 
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Organizer

Jay Zionkowski 
Organizer
Elkton, MD
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