Cameras help drivers contend with Ches. City Bridge work
— 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-
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.
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.
Deshaun Young, of Elkton, throws out the first pitch at the Aberdeen Ironbirds game on Tuesday.