Gov­er­nor an­nounces fund­ing of bridge work

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Ho­gan Ad­min­is­tra­tion Mon­day, Nov. 26, an­nounced the start of con­struc­tion to re­ha­bil­i­tate/re­place two bridges on MD 213 in Cen­tre­ville. The two projects to­tal­ing $5.2 mil­lion are part of Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan’s prom­ise to ad­dress the 69 struc­turally de­fi­cient bridges iden­ti­fied as part of the un­prece­dented $1.97 bil­lion trans­porta­tion in­vest­ment in 2015. The Mary­land De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MDOT SHA) will re­place the MD 213 (Cen­tre­ville Road) Bridge over Mill Stream Branch and re­ha­bil­i­tate MD 213 (Church Hill Road) Bridge over Gravel Run. Both projects will be com­plete fall 2019.

“Our ad­min­is­tra­tion is com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing trans­for­ma­tive trans­porta­tion so­lu­tions to Mary­lan­ders all across our state, which in­cludes mak­ing

long-over­due up­grades to our bridges,” said Ho­gan. “These bridge projects will help pro­vide a safe, re­li­able and ef­fi­cient trans­porta­tion net­work for all who live in and travel through Queen Anne’s County.”

Both bridges are safe for travel but have reached the end of their re­li­able ser­vice life and need re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion/ re­place­ment. The project will be­gin along MD 213 at Gravel Run on the north side by the end of this month.

A tem­po­rary “jump bridge” will be placed over the ex­ist­ing bridge to keep traf­fic flow­ing while crews work un­der­neath. The tem­po­rary bridge will pro­vide one 11-foot lane in each di­rec­tion, as well as a pedes­trian path. The Gravel Run Bridge was orig­i­nally con­structed in 1932. MDOT SHA will re­place the bridge deck (driv­ing sur­face), side­walk, rail­ing and light­ing to ex­tend bridge ser­vice life. Week­end road clo­sures will be nec­es­sary for some con­struc­tion tasks and to in­stall and re­move the tem­po­rary bridge.

On the south end of town, the MD 213 Bridge over Mill Stream Branch was orig­i­nally con­structed in 1912 and was widened in 1945. A new bridge will be con­structed along­side the ex­ist­ing struc­ture and moved into place un­der a week­end road clo­sure us­ing a “bridge slide” sys­tem. Week­end clo­sures may also be needed for sub­struc­ture and de­mo­li­tion work.

MDOT SHA’S con­trac­tor, Mclean Con­tract­ing of Glen Burnie, will use these unique con­struc­tion pro­cesses and tech­niques to en­sure most of the bridge work is ac­com­plished with min­i­mal im­pacts to traf­fic and lo­cal busi­nesses. MDOT SHA will main­tain traf­fic through both work zones dur­ing peak week­day com­mute hours, when nearly 12,000 ve­hi­cles travel through Cen­tre­ville each day.

De­tour signs will be posted, and ad­vance no­tice will be pro­vided for any week­end clo­sures. Both new bridges will be wider for safety and will fea­ture Ada-com­pli­ant side­walks and light­ing.

The Cen­tre­ville in­fras­truc­ture project to re­place sewer and wa­ter lines un­der the streets was timed with the bridge projects in mind. Town of­fi­cials hoped to have work done prior to SHA resur­fac­ing the roads. The Lib­erty Street half of the project is com­plete, but the Com­merce Street work re­cently started and is ex­pected to run through next fall.

The bridge at Gravel Run on the north end of Cen­tre­ville will be resur­faced by the State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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