Pier con­struc­tion un­der­way at 301/304

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — With a crit­i­cal stream re­lo­ca­tion un­der US 301 (Blue Star Me­mo­rial High­way) nearly com­plete, the MD 304 (Ruths­burg Road) in­ter­change project has quickly be­gun to rise above the ex­ist­ing road grade.

The Mary­land De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion’s State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion is work­ing on fill oper­a­tions on both sides of US 301. The fill ar­eas will even­tu­ally pro­vide the base for two round­abouts and as­so­ci­ated ramps.

In the US 301 me­dian, prepa­ra­tions are un­der­way for a pier that will sup­port the new in­ter­change over­pass.

“Once the drainage pieces are in place, we can push ahead with the ex­ten­sive fill and grad­ing work — this area will be el­e­vated about 20 feet as part of the ap­proach to the new bridge over US 301,” said Bob Rager, SHA district com­mu­nity lia­sion. “In the next few days, you’ll see pile driv­ing in the US 301 me­dian fol­lowed by form­work and pour­ing of the large me­dian pier that will carry the new over­pass.”

To pro­vide a safe buf­fer for pile driv­ing and bridge pier con­struc­tion, SHA closed the left turn lane from south­bound US 301 to east­bound MD 304. Ad­di­tion­ally, the US 301 north­bound left through lane is closed at the work area. The left turn lane from north­bound US 301 to west­bound MD 304 was pre­vi­ously closed in con­junc­tion with the clo­sure of MD 304 at Tide­wa­ter Drive. Mo­torists can use ex­ist­ing J-turns along US 301 to change di­rec­tion and ac­cess MD 304 east of US 301.

SHA ex­pects that the me­dian pier should be com­pleted by late sum­mer, weather per­mit­ting. The US 301/MD 304 in­ter­change project will con­vert the ex­ist­ing at-grade in­ter­sec­tion to a grade-sep­a­rated in­ter­change with round­abouts.

PHOTO BY BOB RAGER

Work­ers move a form used for con­crete pours on this large box culvert sys­tem. Note all of the tim­ber piles in the ground — th­ese serve to keep the drainage sys­tem from set­tling when all of the fill is placed atop it.

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