Route 40 paving, Rock Run Bridge near com­ple­tion

Projects face weath­er­re­lated time­line

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— The Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion is as­sur­ing Ce­cil County mo­torists that two of its largest projects are just about fin­ished: the repaving of Route 40 from North East to Per­ryville and the re­place­ment of the Rock Run Bridge on Route 222 in Port De­posit.

Robert Rager, SHA dis­trict com­mu­nity li­ai­son, said Tues­day that the $6.8 mil­lion project awarded to Al­lan My­ers Con­struc­tion to repave Route 40 from Route 222 to Route 272 is in its fi­nal phases,

NORTH EAST

with the paving to be fin­ished Fri­day.

“Their pri­or­ity is to get the as­phalt down,” Rager said. “The good thing about Al­lan My­ers is they have their own as­phalt plant.”

As­phalt leaves the plant at a tem­per­a­ture of 300 to 350 de­grees and must main­tain a cer­tain tem­per­a­ture in or­der to be prop­erly ap­plied, which can make paving more dif­fi­cult in colder tem­per­a­tures. But Rager said that since Al­lan My­ers has a plant in the county, the as­phalt doesn’t lose much heat be­fore it’s ap­plied to the road.

Rager said the milling and paving ab­so­lutely had to be fin­ished be­fore any sig­nif­i­cant snow­fall.

Ac­cord­ing to Rager, with the road paving on Route 40 com­pleted this week it leaves only re­flec­tive mark­ers, strip­ing and rum­ble strips on the punch list.

“The re­flec­tive pave­ment mark­ers may take longer be­cause the epoxy needs 40 de­grees to set,” Rager said. “The road strip­ing is also tem­per­a­ture sen­si­tive.”

SHA is aware of mo­torist com­plaints about the project, Rager said.

“One of the mea­sures we have is ride qual­ity. If it’s in­suf­fi­cient, we make them do it over,” Rager said. “We’re cer­tainly aware of the ride con­di­tions.”

In Port De­posit, mean­while, the Rock Run Bridge has been de­layed and Richard E. Pier­son Con­struc­tion of Piles­grove, N.J., has moved its com­ple­tion date again for the $2.8 mil­lion project to re­place the bridge on the north­ern end of town with a wider span, which al­lows for a pedes­trian right-of-way. Rock Run ini­tially was to be fin­ished in Novem­ber, and then De­cem­ber.

Rager said the deck beams over Rock Run were placed Mon­day.

“So the bulk of the work now is aimed at get­ting the deck formed and poured as soon as pos­si­ble,” he said, adding it can be done in spite of the frigid tem­per­a­tures. “Once the deck is poured it has to cure for a few weeks. With de­cent weather the bridge should open in mid- to late Jan­uary.”

Pier­son Con­struc­tion does has to im­port its as­phalt, which Rager said im­pacts the abil­ity to pave.

“The as­phalt plants shut down (in win­ter). They will have to make ar­range­ments,” Rager said.

The Rock Run project was de­layed some­what when util­ity work un­der­taken by Arte­sian Wa­ter was in­te­grated into the bridge re­place­ment project. Arte­sian re­placed some wa­ter lines and re­paired oth­ers to cor­rect in­flow and in­fil­tra­tion is­sues.

“Re­mem­ber this is not just a re­place­ment. It’s a re­lo­ca­tion/re­align­ment of the bridge and the road­way ap­proaches in­volv­ing mul­ti­ple util­ity re­lo­ca­tions in a very tight area,” he said.

How­ever, he added all SHA con­tracts have a “liq­ui­dated dam­ages” clause, which levies penal­ties for work not done on time. It’s of­ten le­gal coun­sel who de­cide the def­i­ni­tion of “late,” he noted.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

The Al­lan My­ers Con­struc­tion crew on U.S. Route 40 was milling, vac­u­um­ing and sweep­ing the shoul­der in ad­vance of paving Tues­day.

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