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.


Gov. Hogan adds $890M to extend I-95 Express Toll Lanes into Harford County

I-95 Express Toll Lane ETLBALTIMORE, MD – The Hogan Administration announced on Friday the investment of an additional $890 million to extend the northbound I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL).

The expanded $1.1 billion project will now provide two ETLs for more than 10 miles from north of MD 43 in Baltimore County to north of MD 24 in Harford County. Governor Larry Hogan initially announced the ETL northbound extension project in December 2017 as part of his Baltimore Traffic Relief Plan.

“These important traffic relief initiatives will benefit Marylanders throughout the Baltimore region by giving drivers a safer and more efficient commute,” said Governor Hogan. “Our administration remains committed to transforming our state’s transportation infrastructure, and extending the express lanes is another example of our ongoing progress.”

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will begin the expanded $1.1 billion project in early 2019.

“The I-95 ETLs north of Baltimore have been very successful, and I’m pleased we are able to deliver even more traffic relief,” said Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman Pete K. Rahn.

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The I-95 interchanges at MD 152 and MD 24 also will be reconstructed to provide access from the northbound ETL. Reconstruction of the MD 152 interchange includes associated park-and-ride. Reconstruction of the MD 24 interchange includes a two-lane flyover ramp toward Bel Air, alleviating congestion for motorists exiting I-95 to MD 24 and MD 924.

“Adding two express toll lanes in the northbound direction will provide better service for our customers, reduce congestion and crashes, improve safety and allow for better incident management and maintenance activities,” said MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut.

As part of the project, there will be significant bridge improvements, such as the reconstruction of the Raphel Road, Bradshaw Road, Old Joppa Road and Clayton Road overpasses to accommodate the larger area needed for the ETLs. Additionally, the I-95 northbound bridges over the Big Gunpowder Falls, Little Gunpowder Falls and Winters Run will be widened and improved. Delivering on the community’s requests during the project planning process, MDTA will place five new noise walls along the corridor on both sides of I-95.

The original $210 million project was slated to provide a 7.75 mile, single-lane extension from north of MD 43 to MD 24. Public meetings were held in February 2018.


Flood Warning in effect, WMVFC makes overnight water rescues

Flood-WarningAs heavy rainfall moves through the Nottingham area, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for Monday.

The warning covers portions of Washington D.C., Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince Georges County, and Baltimore City.

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Up to three inches of rain have already fallen in some areas. Additional rain will affect much of the area
through late morning which could prolong or worsen ongoing flooding.

The White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company reports that crews performed two water rescues overnight.

The first rescue took place along Interstate 95 where a vehicle went off the road and the second rescue occurred on Pulaski Highway at the Little Gunpowder Falls.

Motorists are reminded to not attempt to drive through standing water.


Gov. Hogan approves $12M for Route 40 bridge rehabilitation

Route 40 Bridge RepairGovernor Larry Hogan has approved over $12 million for bridge rehabilitation to bridges along Route 40.

The repairs will include the bridges over both the Little Gunpowder and Gunpowder Falls, according to the White Marsh-Cowenton Community Association
These bridges are in need of restoration, having originally been built in 1934. 

Work performed will include:

– Replacement of steel and concrete girders

– Replacement of driving surface

– Widening to provide a continuous 10-ft outside shoulder

The construction project is expected to begin in early 2018.