Route 213 construction expected in November
Travelers will face more road work on Route 213 as a large pipe located under the road near Rene Carr Street and Manor Road is slated for replacement in November.
The State Highway Administration awarded the construction contract to David A. Bramble Inc., of Chestertown, said Bob Rager, district community liaison for the Maryland State Highway Administration.
The work will include removing the metal pipe, which carries water from the Big Elk Creek under Route 213, and replacing it with a concrete pipe, Rager said. He said before the pipe is replaced, a temporary stream diversion will be created.
Rager said the idea is to start the work on a Friday afternoon and work through until Monday. If SHA decides to close the road, the work should take no longer than three consecutive days. If the road is kept open, the work could take up to 10 days to complete, he said.
In the event of a closure, Route 213 would be closed in both directions and a detour would be put in place. The detour will take people from Whitehall Road to Route 40, he said.
“The challenge with this and any pipe replacement on a major route is getting the work done quickly with minimal impacts to traffic,” Rager said.
Rager said the project will also have to contend with other factors such as events, including Election Day on Nov. 8, holidays such as Thanksgiving and the weather.
He said SHA will put messages boards on Route 40 and Route 213 regarding the work at least a week prior to any closure.
Rager noted he anticipates that the construction date, as well as the road closure and detour, will be decided next week.
The metal pipe under Route 213, near Rene Carr Street and Manor Road, will be replaced with a concrete pipe.