(August 16, 2013) –The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will enhance safety on a heavily traveled overpass in Prince George’s County beginning next week as repairs are made to the  Forestville Road Bridge over the I-95/I-495 (Capital Beltway) in Morningside, Prince George’s County. Weather permitting, the work should be complete late spring 2014.  

The bridge is structurally sufficient but sustained damage when the side of the bridge over northbound I-95/I-495 was struck by a truck. The $700,000 project will replace portions of the bridge’s deck (driving surface), parapet (bridge wall) and a damaged steel beam. SHA’s contractor for the work is Rustler Construction, Inc. of Upper Marlboro.  

To complete the work, SHA may close:

• A single lane or road shoulder on Forestville Road, Sunday through Saturday, up to 24 hours, with a flagging operation, weekdays, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
• A single road shoulder on MD 337 (Allentown Road), Monday through Friday, up to 24 hours a day and;
• A single lane or road shoulder on northbound I-95/I-495, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and overnight, Sunday through Thursday, between 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

More than 117,000 motorists use this section of Forestville Road near I-95/I-495 in Prince George’s County daily.  Motorists should plan extra travel time during the repair project.

This project was made possible with funding from the Transportation Infrastructure ​Investment Act of 2013, which maintains crucial system preservation investments and allows Maryland to activate long-term strategies to invest in Maryland’s transportation systems. By putting people back to work in the transportation industry with $4.4 billion in new investments in the next six years, Maryland is creating hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity and providing Marylanders with the transportation infrastructure necessary to grow and prosper for decades to come.

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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