SHA says some work will continue into ’21, but won’t delay traffic
(Feb. 14, 2020) Maintenance work along the Route 50 Bridge is moving along smoothly, according to a Maryland State Highway Administration spokesman.
“Following the lane shift and lane reduction on the bridge a few weeks ago, crews immediately got to work installing new underwater electrical cables and tackling some steel repairs in tight areas that require the drawbridge to remain closed to boaters,” District Community Liaison Bob Rager said.
Although the work is scheduled for completion in early March, steel and concrete repairs will continue into 2021, but will cause marginal disturbance to traffic.
“We’ll continue to get concrete deliveries on the bridge about once a week. We’ve generally been doing these on Tuesdays with just a few hours of single-lane closure in the morning,” Rager said.
Looking ahead, Rager said the administration may need additional lane closures on the bridge for steel repairs next winter, and, as always, the administration is looking to plan this work off-season to minimize traffic and tourism disruption.
“Motorists are reminded that the bridge is an active work zone — please obey the 35 mph speed limit and be alert for workers crossing traffic lanes and construction vehicles entering and exiting the work zone,” Rager said.