(June 26, 2013) – The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is conducting a $9.6 million rehabilitation project on the MD 193 (University Boulevard) Bridge over I-495 (Capital Beltway) in Silver Spring. Weather permitting; the project should be complete late 2015.  Motorists traveling in this area should plan ahead, add extra commute time during construction and be aware of shifting traffic patterns.

Built in 1958, the bridge is nearing the end of its useful service life. Nearly 44,000 motorists use this heavily traveled portion of MD 193 daily. The project includes a complete replacement of the bridge deck (driving surface), repairs to the structure underneath the bridge, cleaning and painting of bridge steel beams and reconstruction and resurfacing of the bridge approaches on MD 193, including the interchange ramps at I-495. SHA’s contractor for the work is Martins Construction Corporation of Falls Church, Va.

“The MD 193 bridge project in Silver Spring is a perfect example of SHA’s commitment to keeping our bridges in safe and good condition,” said Melinda B. Peters, SHA Administrator.  “The work to rehabilitate the infrastructure both above and below the MD 193 Bridge over the Capital Beltway is a critical infrastructure project.  We thank motorists, nearby residents and business owners in advance for their patience during construction.”

SHA will temporarily shift traffic lanes in both directions of MD 193 from Indian Spring Drive to Lexington Drive on weekdays, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and overnights, Sunday through Thursday, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Additionally, SHA will shift traffic lanes in both directions of I-495 between MD 193 and US 29 (Colesville Road) overnight, Sunday through Thursday, between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

SHA will use electronic message boards, construction cones and barrels, arrow boards and flaggers to direct motorists through the work zone and pedestrian traffic will be maintained at all times during the project. As crews work to keep work zones safe, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – 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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