N.E. roads to get repairs
— Drivers who travel Red Toad and Goosemar roads will need to pay even more attention to construction signs this month.
Added to the construction of a turn lane from U.S. Route 40 onto Red Toad Road, Cecil County Department of Public Works has closed Goosemar Road where a culvert is being replaced, according to Scott Flanigan, DPW director.
“The culvert had deteriorated to the point where we felt it was at risk of collapse,” Flanigan said Monday.
Emergency services and the public schools were notified last week of the closure so ambulances, fire trucks and school buses are aware.
Add to that, state transportation officials have
pushed up repairs for the concrete overpass that carries Interstate 95 over Red Toad Road. That work was slated to begin in August, but will instead begin May 16.
John Sales, director of communications for the Maryland Transportation Authority, said engineers realized a window of opportunity to get the project completed earlier.
“The phase for where the county will have to close Red Toad Road (near Route 40) is after June 10,” he said. “This is good timing.”
“We had been talking with Cecil County DPW and the (State Highway Administration) to get them on board,” Sales said adding, they got the go “as long as we get it done by June 10.”
Commuters reported last month seeing chunks falling from the concrete understructure.
“That might have had
something to do with it,” Sales said, but added that the timing was key.
That work will involve removing concrete from one pier, making repairs and replacing the concrete.
Goosemar Road, where it passes over an unnamed stream, is blocked this week for replacement. While public works crews opened up the surface of the road Monday to get a better look and brought in Meadows Construction and the replacement culvert, Flanigan said the actual work has not started.
“We have to get a permit from the Maryland Department of the Environment to do the work,” he said. “MDE has an expedited permitting process for emergencies.”
While doing other work in the area, crews noticed the severe rusting inside the pipe that carries the stream under Goosemar Road, Flanigan said. It was decided that the repairs were needed immediately.
“(This was) rather than wait for it to happen while a vehicle is going across,” he said.
Flanigan said the work — weather permitting — should be finished by the end of this week. That’s good news for the MDTA, which plans to use Goosemar Road as the detour route when the overpass is being repaired.
“We’ve been told it should be open in time for May 16,” Sales said.
All the while, work continues on Route 40 at Red Toad, Flanigan said.
“Jersey barriers are up to close the shoulder. They’ve done the tree removal and are preparing to cut the embankment back to give us the space we need,” he said, adding the anticipated date of completion is the end of July.
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Ralph Hilditch, with Meadows Construction, tightens the tension on safety tape on both sides of the construction zone on Goosemar Road near North East Monday. Cecil County Public Works crews dug up the culvert over a stream with plans to replace the rusting pipe before it collapses.