Road Work to Impact Drivers in Coming Weeks - Southern Maryland Headline News

Road Work to Impact Drivers in Coming Weeks

MD 231 (Benedict Bridge) to Be Closed for 30-Minute Periods Overnight Aug. 29, 30

SHA Encourages Drivers to Avoid Travel Between Midnight and 5 a.m.

Monday and Tuesday nights, August 29 and 30, the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) will temporarily close the MD 231 (Prince Frederick Road/Hallowing Point Road) "Benedict Bridge" over the Patuxent River for 30-minute periods. Crews will intermittently close the bridge to vehicles between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m., holding traffic on both the Calvert County and Charles County sides.

The closures are necessary for SHA's contractor to drive piles under the swing span, which requires the structure to be in the open position. All work is weather permitting. SHA advises travelers to plan ahead to avoid crossing overnight or to allow extra time for the 30-minute intermittent closures.

The new piles are for a fender system to protect the bridge supports from collisions with marine traffic. Construction of the new steel and timber fender system began in late April. The new system, which includes heavy wooden timbers, is prepared off-site and installed from barges. SHA is adding navigational lights under the bridge to enhance visibility for marine traffic's safe passage. SHA awarded the $3.5 million project to Corman Marine Construction, Inc. of Annapolis Junction, MD.

Restoration Project on MD 980 B in Southern Anne Arundel County

Four Week Road Closure with Detours in Place

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) will restore pavement on the Southern Maryland Boulevard (MD 4) service road, MD 980 B, in southern Anne Arundel County. A large number of trucks travel on this section of road which provides access to the Bristol ridesharing facility at the MD 258 (Bay Front Road)/ Wrighton Road intersection. M.T. Laney Company, Inc. of Eldersburg, Md. is the contractor for the $636,000 project.

Beginning in mid-September, SHA will construct a stronger, more durable pavement by combining ground, recycled asphalt with cement and applying the new mixture onto the road surface. A 14-inch layer of new roadway will consist of ten inches of recycled asphalt and a four inch layer of new asphalt. Additionally the contractor will install new pavement markings and signs, clean and trim drainage ditches, and clean the existing structures and underground pipes.

To keep disruption to traffic to a minimum, SHA will close the service road for approximately one month. The local detour includes directing traffic to use MD 4:

• Drivers needing to travel southbound will use MD 258 east and then MD 4 south.

• Drivers needing to travel northbound will use MD 258 east then left MD 4 north.

SHA will work in partnership with the Maryland Transit Administration to redirect the Commuter Bus Route 830 and 840 service at the Bristol Park and Ride lot during construction.

Area commuters may use the Wayson's Corner Park and Ride lot, located on the eastern side of MD 4. Additionally, cyclists who normally use the western service road can use Pindell and Upper Pindell Road as detours.

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