STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION TO CLOSE TWO LANES ON US 50 FOR SLOPE REPAIRS THIS WEEKEND

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UPDATE (October 30,2014) - SHA News: Westbound US 50 Closures Postponed in Lanham due to forecast.
 
Overnight Lane Closures to Affect Traffic for Two Weekends; Work to Begin Friday at 10 p.m.

(October 27, 2014) – This weekend, The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will close two of three lanes along westbound US 50 (John Hanson Highway) at the ramp to Ardwick Ardmore Road / Garden City Drive/New Carrollton Metro Station (Exit 6) to repair the slope at the US 50 overpass in Lanham, Prince George’s County.

Crews relocated electrical utility lines in January 2014 at the site, and SHA structural engineers have constantly monitored the site. Crews will repair a 300-foot section in the northeastern corner of the overpass by driving sheet piles and stabilizing the existing drainage inlet prior to backfilling and repaving the affected area.

SHA will close two lanes overnight on westbound US 50 during the weekends of October 31 and November 7 following this schedule:

• Friday 10 p.m. to Saturday 7 a.m. (next day)

• Saturday 10 p.m. to Sunday 8 a.m. (next day)

• Sunday 10 p.m. to Monday 5 a.m. (next day)

SHA will use temporary concrete traffic barriers, signs, a truck mounted traffic attenuator and crash cushions to protect drivers and workers at the work zone.  Ramp access to and from I-495 and US 50 will be maintained; however, drivers are encouraged to reduce speeds when approaching the work zone.

Drivers exiting southbound I-495 (Capital Beltway) onto US 50 should be prepared to encounter the work zone. Once the two weekends of work are complete, the right shoulder will remain closed for approximately three weeks as crews excavate the failed materials, reset the drainage inlet and backfill the area.  The $76,000 slope repairs will be performed by SHA’s contractor Covington Machine and Welding, Inc. of Annapolis.

Customers who have questions about the project may contact the SHA District 3 Office at 1-800-331-5603 or shadistrict3@sha.state.md.us . 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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