EMERGENCY REPAIRS COMMENCE ON US 50 IN GARRETT COUNTY

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Drainage Pipes and Road Surface Damaged in Severe Late June Storm; Motorists to be Detoured Through Early August

(July 11, 2019) – Today, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) begins repairs on a 100-foot section of US 50 (George Washington Highway) east of Redhouse in Table Rock. In late June, a severe thunderstorm that produced more than six inches of rain in just over an hour, washed out a section of US 50. Since then, MDOT SHA officials have evaluated the damage, developed an engineering plan and procured a contractor to make the repairs.

During the work, through travelers will use US 219 (Garrett Highway) to MD 135 (Maryland Highway) and MD 560 (Gorman Road). Residents will have access to their homes directly up to the point of the closure. Click here for a map of the detour route. Approximately 1,300 motorists use this section of US 50 each day and are encouraged to add extra travel time.

MDOT SHA’s contractor for the project, Carl Belt, Inc. of Cumberland, will replace the damaged drainage pipe with twin concrete pipes, reconstruct a nearby rockfall and pave and line stripe the road. The more than $600,000 repair will be complete by August 2.

MDOT SHA works hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones for our crews as well as our contractor. Drivers need to stay alert, focus on the road and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Drive like you work here and slowdown in construction zones.

For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, click on Road Ready, MDOT SHA's electronic construction brochure. For a look at real-time commute conditions, log onto md511.maryland.gov.

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