Roads being repaved in Essex/Rosedale
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.