Red Toad Road over­pass to get re­pairs in Au­gust

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Driv­ers trav­el­ing on Red Toad Road be­tween Ris­ing Sun and North East have been notic­ing the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the over­pass car­ry­ing In­ter­state 95 over­head. So have state of­fi­cials. “Our en­gi­neer was aware of it,” said John Sales, spokesman for the Mary­land Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity, adding that over­pass was in­spected in Fe­bru­ary.

“We do in­spec­tions all the time,” Sales said, adding en­gi­neers will re­port any cracks or de­fi­cien­cies.

At least one driver who trav­els that route daily to get his son to and from school has kept an eye on the con­crete hold­ing up the over­pass.

“I no­tice the pieces con­tinue to fall from it ev­ery day I passed it,” Vin­cent Sam­mons said.

While noth­ing has struck his ve­hi­cle, Sam­mons said it may only be a mat­ter of time.

“I had seen it patched many, many times over the years but the un­der­ly­ing prob­lem con­tin­ues to grow,” he said.

He pointed not only to chunks of con­crete on the ground be­low the over­pass, but also ex­posed re­bar in sev­eral lo­ca­tions. He posted photos of it to his so­cial me­dia pages.

“I fig­ured I would alert ev­ery­one else,” Sam­mons said.

Sales of­fered as­sur­ances that MDTA is aware of the con­di­tion of the over­pass and re­pairs are com­ing.

“We plan to work on th­ese struc­tures in Au­gust of this year,” Sales said re­cently.

He said those re­pairs would be sim­i­lar to those ac­tions taken on the Blue Ball Road over­pass a num­ber of years ago. The con­crete was cleaned, patched and painted.

Ac­cord­ing to Sales, an­other project must be com­pleted first at Route 40 and Red Toad Road. There, Ce­cil County is work­ing to add turn lanes and make other im­prove­ments to the trou­ble­some in­ter­sec­tion. Sales said MDTA doesn’t want to have two projects on the same road im­ped­ing traf­fic.

NORTH EAST

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

A mini­van trav­els Red Toad Road un­der In­ter­state 95 on Mon­day. De­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tions will re­quire the state to make needed re­pairs this sum­mer.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

A dis­carded bot­tle shows the size of a piece of con­crete that fell from the In­ter­state 95 over­pass over Red Toad Road near North East. Re­pairs are sched­uled for Au­gust.

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