SHA CLOSES HAMMONDS FERRY ROAD AT MD 295 FOR 12 WEEK BRIDGE REHABILITATION ON JUNE 15

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(June 9, 2011) – The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will temporarily close Hammonds Ferry Road bridge in both directions over MD 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway) on June 15 to begin the $3.2 million rehabilitation of the two bridges over MD 295.  During the next twelve weeks, crews will remove four steel beams, demolish the concrete bridge decks and parapets (walls), reconstruct new concrete decks (riding surface) and parapets, clean and paint structural steel and resurface both roadway tie-ins.

Motorists on MD 295 should expect occasional, off-peak single lane closures at the Hammonds Ferry Road overpass.  Additionally, removal of the four steel beams will require overnight, short-duration (15 minutes) full closures of MD 295.  These closures are necessary for the safety of motorists during crane operations, which are expected to take two nights later this summer. 

“SHA did not want to disrupt school bus service, so work is scheduled to take place during the summer,” SHA District Engineer Lee Starkloff.  “The closure allows work to be complete in 12 weeks instead of one year.”

SHA awarded the contract to Brawner Builders of Hunt Valley to rehabilitate the two Hammonds Ferry Road bridges over MD 295 and the two MD 168 (Nursery Road) bridges over MD 295.  Work began on the MD 168 bridges in April and will continue through spring 2012.  Nursery Road remains open to traffic during construction.  SHA held a public meeting last year to inform the public about the upcoming closure.

SHA reminds motorists to plan ahead and check travel conditions including live traffic cameras and lane closure updates at www.chart.maryland.gov.  Construction season is here with numerous active work zone sites that include major construction projects taking months to complete and mobile operations taking only minutes.  To learn more about other projects, log onto www.roads.maryland.gov and check out e-Road Ready 2011.

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