NEWS RELEASE

STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION PLANS OPENING OF MD 313/MD 318 MARSHYHOPE CREEK BRIDGE BY CHRISTMAS

Final Detour on Dec. 10th, Followed by Temporary Single Lane Closures; New Deck Replacement Project Planned for Completion Prior to Holidays

(December 7, 2012) – The State Highway Administration (SHA) will conduct a final one-day detour around the MD 313 (Federalsburg Highway) bridge over Marshyhope Creek in Federalsburg on Monday, December 10. All final work on the project and re-opening of the bridge will be complete just prior to the Christmas Holiday, Dec. 25.

“SHA is pleased to complete this construction project early and in time for the holidays,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters.  “We appreciate residents’ and travelers’ patience during the closure and traffic delays during the project.”

The bridge will be open this weekend, Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9, while work crews install guard rails along both sides of the bridge deck.   The bridge will be closed to motorists on Monday from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. to allow crews to install guardrail on each approach to the bridge, paint temporary road markings and remove barrier walls from the work zone.  Construction crews will reopen the bridge to all traffic Monday evening.

Milling and paving of the entire 650-foot length of the bridge will begin Tuesday, December 11 and should be complete before Christmas.  During the resurfacing there will be periodic lane closures with flagging operations until the project is completed.

Most drivers will be able to use alternative routes through the Town of Federalsburg in lieu of crossing the bridge in either direction during the temporary one-day detour on Monday. However, larger vehicles traveling westbound on MD 318 (Bridgeville Road) will be directed south on to the Reliance Road portion of MD 313, then continue on the Eldorado Road section of MD 313. The detour for larger vehicles is necessary because of weight restrictions on the Central Avenue Bridge and narrow streets and tight 90-degree turns within Federalsburg.

The one-day detour will direct westbound MD 392 (Harrison Ferry Road) to the Town of Hurlock.  Motorists will then turn eastbound on MD 307 (Williamsburg Road) and travel east on MD 307 until reaching a roundabout west of Federalsburg, where they can turn either north or south on to MD 313 (Federalsburg Highway). Larger vehicles traveling eastbound on MD 318 will follow the same detour in the opposite direction.

While SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in construction zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.  Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Safer driving. Safer work zones. For everyone!

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