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