Route 13 bridge in Pocomoke City, Md. (Photo: WBOC)
POCOMOKE CITY, Md.- If you have ever driven the Route 13 bridge over Pocomoke City, you know it can be a rough ride.
On Wednesday, people there said that they have been waiting for the state to fix the problem for a long time.
Drivers like Jill Taylor said the bridge is riddled with potholes and cracks.
"I drive over the bridge several times a week probably at least five or 10 times a week and I do see hubcaps over on the side probably every day," Taylor said.
That is a potential danger that William Bibbins said he is familiar with.
"There is a lot of bumpity bumps that you slow down for you know, when you're going across the bridge, you know it's very uncomfortable," Bibbins said.
However, that headache is about to go away. Maryland State Highway Administration District Engineer Donnie Drewer said the SHA has enough money to find a permanent fix.
"There was some money released from the federal highway that we were able to obtain," Drewer said. "So this is going to be part state fundin, part federal funding. It's going to cost about $10 million."
Drewer said the decks on the northbound side of the bridge will be replaced and a latex overlay will go over the southbound lane.
It is a fix some residents said is long overdue.
"Like every five or six years roads should be paved over," Bibbins said. "I put it that way and it looks like it was seriously overdue."
"I think I will be worth my tax dollars to put into the community," Taylor said.
Drewer said construction on the bridge is expected to start next summer and will take nearly a year to complete.
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