Additional eastbound lane to be added to Severn River Bridge
ANNAPOLIS, MD — Gov. Larry Hogan recently announced a construction project in Anne Arundel County that will reduce congestion for hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors who travel over Annapolis’ Severn River Bridge each year.
Looking down from the Ridgely Avenue overpass on the traffic on US 50 east Aug. 30, the governor announced the beginning of the project to add a fourth eastbound lane on the US 50 bridge over the Severn River to address recurring and growing congestion. The project includes adding an additional eastbound US 50 lane on the bridge by shifting the existing median barrier and restriping to provide seven through-travel lanes (four lanes on US 50 east; three lanes on US 50 west) from Rowe Boulevard across the Severn River Bridge to the MD 2/MD 450 interchange.
“Every single day, 126,000 drivers are faced with serious backups that plague this bridge. On a typical summer Friday, that number swells to more than 145,000 vehicles. It is a serious bottleneck that is a constant headache for many Marylanders who live in Annapolis and the Broadneck Peninsula, as well as for commuters and vacationers trying to reach the Eastern Shore,” said Hogan. “Moving forward with this important project and getting construction underway is great news for Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, the Eastern Shore, and for the State of Maryland. With these improvements, we are continuing to help Maryland citizens go about their daily lives in a faster, more efficient, and safer manner.”
Construction began last week on the eastbound side of the bridge where the contractor, Joseph B. Fay Construction Inc. of Glen Burnie, began installing barriers. The project is scheduled to be completed before Memorial Day weekend 2018.
As part of the construction, crews will shift the median barrier and reduce its width from three to two feet, which will reduce the lane width from 12 feet to 11 feet on the parallel bridges. Three lanes of traffic will be maintained during the day for both eastbound and westbound US 50 traffic.
Additional work includes reconstructing the existing bridge deck and catwalk under the bridge, placing precast barriers on the bridge, and installing new steel cross frames.
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