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4/6/2010Berwyn Road Bridge work



SHA Will Construct a Temporary Pedestrian Bridge;

Project Made Possible Through ARRA Funds


(April 6, 2010) Next week, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin a $649,000 bridge deck replacement and rehabilitation project on the Berwyn Road Bridge over the Indian Creek in Berwyn Heights, Prince George’s County.  Weather permitting, construction will be complete fall 2010.


The project includes replacing the existing concrete bridge deck and abutment walls.  Other work includes installing new ornamental lighting, cleaning and painting the existing steel beams, reconstructing the approaching roadway, replacing existing curb, gutter and sidewalks, and installing a new section of sidewalk that will connect to the existing Indian Creek Bike Trail located on the southwest side of the bridge.


            SHA will have two phases of construction.  The first phase includes the construction of a temporary pedestrian bridge to allow park users to continue to cross Indian Creek at this location. During the second phase, SHA will close the Berwyn Road Bridge to drivers and pedestrians 24 hours a day until the project is complete.  Drivers will be detoured.  Closing the bridge will allow the project to be completed in the shortest time period and in a safe manner.  It is estimated that Berwyn Road will be closed mid-June 2010.


Drivers wishing to travel from the east side of the bridge to the west side will be directed to travel east on Berwyn Road, turn left on 58th Avenue, continue across MD 193 (Greenbelt Road) onto Branchville Road; Branchville Road becomes 55th Avenue/Ballew Avenue, follow 55th Avenue/Ballew Avenue to Berwyn Road.


Drivers wishing to travel from the west side of the bridge to the east side will be directed to travel north on 55th Avenue/Ballew Avenue, continue under MD 193 where 55th Avenue/Ballew Avenue becomes Branchville Road, continue on Branchville Road, cross MD 193; Branchville Road becomes 58th Avenue.  Continue south on 58th Avenue to Berwyn Road.


This project is part of SHA’s bridge preservation and replacement program aimed at providing reliable facilities in a timely manner.  While it is structurally safe, the Berwyn Road Bridge over Indian Creek, originally constructed in 1933, needs replacement of its concrete deck. The proposed deck replacement will extend the service life of the bridge an additional 30 – 50 years.


SHA awarded the contract to Pioneer Contracting Co., Inc.  SHA will provide variable message signs, jersey barrier wall, drums, and arrow boards to guide motorists through the work zone. 


When workers are on the road, THINK ORANGE, which is the color of construction signs, barrels and warning devices.  Please slow down, stay alert and expect the unexpected.  Choose to make work zone safety your business at


This project is made possible through Governor Martin O’Malley’s aggressive management of the requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, bringing critically needed transportation investments to Maryland.  Projects such as these are stimulating Maryland’s economy by supporting hundreds of jobs.  Follow the delivery of these projects at, which tracks every category of ARRA spending and provides contract-level details to the public in an effort to achieve new levels of government transparency and efficiency.


          Citizens who have questions about traffic operations on state numbered routes in Prince George’s County may call SHA’s District 3 Office at 301-513-7300 or toll free at 1-800-749-0737.