Ad­di­tional east­bound lane to be added to Sev­ern River Bridge

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Bay Views -

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.

Grasonville Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment’s 9-11 re­mem­brance in­cludes an Amer­i­can flag raised from their lad­der truck above the over­pass at Route 50, Mon­day morn­ing, Sept. 11, rec­og­niz­ing all first re­spon­ders who died 16 years ago while at­tempt­ing to save oth­ers. Mem­bers of Queen Anne’s County Emer­gency Ser­vices stand to­gether at the Route 8 over­pass above U.S. Route 50, Mon­day morn­ing, Sept. 11, as part of the trib­ute to first re­spon­ders who lost their lives at­tempt­ing to save oth­ers 16-years ago dur­ing the 2001 ter­ror­ist at­tacks in the U.S. From the left, Sgt. De­bra Hop­kins, PM Michael McCart­ney, EMT Scot­tie Rid­dle, and PSD II Greg Rhodes. Many mo­torists blew their horns in sup­port while driv­ing by.

Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment dis­plays the Amer­i­can flag above U.S. Route 50, at the Route 8 over­pass, Mon­day morn­ing, Sept. 11, in trib­ute to all first re­spon­ders who died in 2001 at­tempt­ing to save oth­ers fol­low­ing ter­ror­ist at­tacks. Mem­bers of Queen Anne’s County Emer­gency Ser­vices honor guard stand be­tween the two emer­gency ve­hi­cles.

PHOTOS BY DOUG BISHOP

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