Governor announces funding of bridge work
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.