Roads be­ing repaved in Es­sex/Rosedale

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­

This week, the Mary­land Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MDOT SHA) be­gan two high­way main­te­nance pro­jects in Es­sex and Rosedale that will be com­pleted by mid-fall.

Mo­torists can ex­pect day­time off-peak sin­gle lane clo­sures as the MDOT SHA will patch nearly one-mile of MD 7 (Philadel­phia Road) be­tween Hospi­tal Drive and King Ave. Crews will also patch the pave­ment on one-mile of MD 702 (South­east Boule­vard) be­tween Old Eastern Ave. and the Hyde Park Rd. round­about in Es­sex.

These ren­o­va­tions, the MDOT said, “would im­prove ride qual­ity for thou­sands of mo­torists”. Both pro­jects cost ap­prox­i­mately $1 mil­lion.

Ap­prox­i­mately 21,200 ve­hi­cles use this sec­tion of MD 7 each day and 10,800 use MD 702 in those project lim­its.

Char­lie Gis­chlar, the Me­dia Re­la­tions Man­ager for MDOT SHA, told the Av­enue News that ev­ery one of the state’s num­bered routes that are one-mile or longer in length are checked an­nu­ally. Crews use a ma­chine called an ARAN ve­hi­cle that “can de­tect the slight­est im­per­fec­tions and can iden­tify is­sues that the hu­man eye would have dif­fi­culty in de­tect­ing.”

The MDOT SHA en­gi­neers use this data along with cus­tomer im­pact state­ments and en­gi­neer re­ports to de­velop a pave­ment man­age­ment sys­tem that pri­or­i­tizes roads for resur­fac­ing or pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance.

“It was last to­tally resur­faced in 1998 and mi­nor re­pairs made in 2013. This work, patch­ing, will help add years of us­able pave­ment sur­face life be­fore a to­tal resur­fac­ing

is nec­es­sary,” said Gis­chlar about the Rosedale project. “Sim­i­larly, the MD 702 project be­tween Old Eastern Av­enue and the Hyde Park Round­about av­er­ages nearly 11,000 ve­hi­cles per day and was last to­tally resur­faced in 1989.”

MDOT SHA’s con­trac­tor for both pro­jects, Gray and Son Inc., of Ti­mo­nium, will be us­ing cones and bar­rels to guide mo­torists through the work zone. There will be a flag­ging op­er­a­tion for the MD 7 project as this is a two-lane high­way and sin­gle lane clo­sures on MD 702. Crews are per­mit­ted to work Mon­days through Fri­days be­tween 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Satur­days be­tween 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.

An­other ma­jor re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project is un­der­way on the four bridges car­ry­ing east­bound and west­bound US 40 (Pu­laski High­way) over the Big Gun­pow­der Falls and Lit­tle Gun­pow­der Falls in eastern Bal­ti­more County.

The bridges, all con­structed in 1934, re­quire the re­place­ment and widen­ing of the con­crete bridge decks, or driv­ing sur­faces, and the re­place­ment of con­crete sup­port beams to en­sure longterm re­li­a­bil­ity.

The new driv­ing sur­face is ex­pected to pro­vide 10-foot out­side shoul­ders on the bridges to match the width of the ex­ist­ing pave­ment on Pu­laski High­way, in or­der to im­prove the safety for the more than 26,000 ve­hi­cles per day trav­el­ing this seg­ment of US 40. The wide shoul­ders should also im­prove safety and ac­cess for bi­cy­clists.

Through early 2020, all four lanes of US 40 will be open to traf­fic dur­ing peak travel hours with tem­po­rary lane shifts and tem­po­rary lane clo­sures dur­ing off-peak day­time hours and at night. The MDOT SHA re­port that there may be oc­ca­sional week­end work with lane clo­sures on US 40 while con­crete work is oc­cur­ring.

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