Cam­eras help driv­ers con­tend with Ches. City Bridge work

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Over the re­main­ing weeks it takes for con­trac­tors to re­fur­bish the bridge over the C&D Canal, mo­torists will have help nav­i­gat­ing the con­struc­tion area thanks to the Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Char­lie Gis­chlar, SHA spokesman, said cam­eras have been set up on the north side of the bridge, which takes traf­fic on Route 213 over the canal.

“These are por­ta­ble cam­eras that we can set up any­where,” Gis­chlar said Wed­nes­day.

The two-lane bridge is in the midst of an al­most $7 mil­lion facelift, which in­cludes sand­blast­ing and paint­ing.

The pre­ven­ta­tive pro­ject will both beau­tify and pro­tect the bridge, as crews sand­blast off the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing paint from rails and stair­wells along the bridge, re­place the chain-link fenc­ing, com­plete nec­es­sary re­pairs and re-

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paint the af­fected areas. Work­ing five to six days per week, weather per­mit­ting, the pro­ject is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Oc­to­ber.

Driv­ers, mean­while, have long de­lays while the bridge, re­duced to one lane, cre­ates a bot­tle neck with the traf­fic light at the crest.

One cam­era is pointed at Route 213 and Elk For­est Road while a sec­ond cam­era keeps eye on Route 213 at Bank Street. Gis­chlar said those are the two most heav­ily con­gested por­tions of the road. Users can ac­cess the cam­eras by vis­it­ing www.chart.mary­land. gov/traf­fic­cam­eras.

“The pri­mary, con­sis­tent daily con­ges­tion is on south­bound Route 213 north of the bridge,” he said. “These areas have de­lays as­so­ci­ated with it.”

Ac­cord­ing to Gis­chlar, driv­ers can see the traf­fic vol­ume be­fore get­ting on the road.

“They can make more ed­u­cated de­ci­sions by see­ing if the road is busy,” he said.

He ex­pects emer­gency re­spon­ders would also find the in­for­ma­tion help­ful.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF SHA

The view from a traf­fic cam­era at Route 213 and Bank Street at north Ch­e­sa­peake City shows the road headed to­ward the bridge over the C&D Canal is clear. Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion placed the cam­eras at two lo­ca­tions to give com­muters early warn­ing of back ups due to paint­ing on the bridge.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CCPL

De­shaun Young, of Elk­ton, throws out the first pitch at the Aberdeen Ironbirds game on Tues­day.

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