Bridge to stay open Mon­day and Tues­day

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­

PRE­STON — The an­tic­i­pated lane clo­sures at Dover Bridge will not oc­cur at the start of the work week due to the re­cent wet weather, ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Lanes on state Route 331 at Dover Bridge will re­main open Mon­day, June 4, and Tues­day, June 5, as

SHA fi­nal­izes plans for fu­ture lane clo­sures to pave the ap­proaches to the new bridge and con­nect those ap­proaches to the ex­ist­ing high­way.

SHA spokesman Kel­lie Boul­ware said when plans are fi­nal­ized for lane clo­sures, SHA will alert the com­mu­nity, but lanes will stay open Mon­day and Tues­day. She an­tic­i­pates more in­for­ma­tion be­com­ing avail­able by early in the week.

Orig­i­nal plans called for a full overnight bridge clo­sure for at least a week, but Boul­ware said SHA is ex­plor­ing day­time, sin­gle-lane clo­sures as an al­ter­na­tive to avoid full bridge overnight clo­sures.

With paving be­ing pushed back, vis­i­tors to the Pre­ston Carnival will not face ma­jor traf­fic ob­struc­tions. The Pre­ston Carnival be­gins Mon­day, June 4, and con­tin­ues through Satur­day, June 9, at the carnival grounds off Wil­liamson Street in Pre­ston. The carnival is hosted by the Pre­ston Lions Club and the Pre­ston Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany.

Carnival hours are 7 to 11 p.m. nightly. The an­nual pa­rade is 7 p.m. Tues­day, June 5, along Main Street in Pre­ston, pro­ceed­ing to the carnival grounds (rain date is Wed­nes­day, June 6).

En­joy rides and games, bingo, cake wheel, and de­li­cious food, in­clud­ing fun­nel cake and hand-dipped ice cream. Rides and mid­way are from Shaw & Sons Inc.

This is an an­nual fundraiser for the Pre­ston Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany and the Pre­ston Lions Club, and ben­e­fits the lo­cal com­mu­nity.


Work­men at the top of the new Dover Bridge pre­pare balus­ters last Au­gust for the “aes­thetic tri-beam rail­ing” that al­lows mo­torists a panoramic, southerly view of the Chop­tank River.

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