Hogan Administration announces start of a major bridge rehabilitation project along Route 40

road-constructionThe Hogan Administration announced on Wednesday the start of a major rehabilitation project on the four bridges carrying eastbound and westbound US 40 (Pulaski Highway) over the Big Gunpowder Falls and Little Gunpowder Falls in eastern Baltimore County.

The $26.4 million project is part of the Governor Larry Hogan’s pledge to address the 69 structurally deficient bridges on the state’s highway system and is part of the $2 billion investment in highway and bridge improvements across the state that the governor announced in June 2015.

“Since taking office, our administration has been committed to delivering transformative transportation solutions to Marylanders all across the state,” said Governor Hogan. “This rehabilitation project will have a critical impact on our state’s economy and provide a more efficient commute for the citizens of Baltimore County.”

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The four bridges, all built in 1934, are safe for travel now; however, the bridges require rehabilitation work to ensure long-term reliability. The two US 40 Bridges over the Little Gunpowder Falls at the Baltimore/Harford County line are on the Governor’s list of the 69 bridges that were identified as in need replacement or rehabilitation. The two US 40 Bridges over the Big Gunpowder Falls in White Marsh will be rehabilitated proactively since they were constructed at the same time as the previous two bridges.

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will replace and widen the concrete bridge decks (driving surfaces) and replace the concrete support beams. The new driving surface will provide 10-foot outside shoulders on the bridges to match the width of the existing pavement on Pulaski Highway, vastly improving the safety for the more than 26,000 vehicles per day traveling this segment of US 40. The wide shoulders will also improve safety and access for bicyclists.

MDOT SHA’s contractor, Allan Myers of MD, Inc. of Fallston, will install erosion and sediment control measures to protect the Gunpowder Falls and Little Gunpowder Falls and relocate the utility lines.

Bridge construction work will begin mid-August and be complete summer 2021.

Through early 2020, all four lanes of US 40 will be open to traffic during peak travel hours with temporary lane shifts and temporary lane closures during off-peak daytime hours and at night. There may be occasional weekend work with lane closures on US 40 while concrete work is occurring.


State Highway Administration to improve Belair Road in Overlea, Fullerton this spring & summer

road-constructionThe Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will be improving safety and ride quality along Belair Road between I-695 and Dunfield Road in Overlea/Fullerton.

The 1.5-mile project will be completed by late-summer.

The $4.5 million project includes patching, paving, and re-striping both directions of Route 1, as well as repairing and upgrading concrete curb, gutter, sidewalk, and driveway aprons to meet ADA standards. MDOT SHA will also add concrete bus pads to preserve the life of the pavement at bus stops.

Other work on the project includes:

• Installing new concrete sidewalk on southbound US 1 between Stillmeadow Road and MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) to enhance pedestrian safety;

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• Repairing roadside slopes and improving drainage systems on northbound US 1 at the White Marsh Run stream crossing; and

• Upgrading guardrail.

Motorists can expect daily single-lane closures in each direction of US 1 between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday nights through Friday mornings and Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

There will also be occasional overnight ramp closures and detours at the Belair Road / I-695 interchange.

On May 9, crews will close the ramp from southbound US 1 to the outer loop of I-695 (westbound) between 9 p.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Friday. Motorists will be diverted to the inner loop of I-695 (eastbound) and through the “cloverleaf” interchange ramps and back to outer loop I-695.

MDOT SHA’s contractor, Allan Myers – MD Inc., of Fallston, will use barrels, cones, and arrow boards to guide motorists through the work zone. On average, 46,560 vehicles travel along this section of Belair Road each day, so motorists should provide extra travel time.