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$19M Bridge Project to Begin in Cecil County

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By Tianna Beckles

CECIL COUNTY, Md.- Preliminary work will soon begin on the $19 million MD 272 (Mauldin Avenue) bridge replacement project in Cecil County. The project is located in the town of North East and construction crews will be on site beginning Monday, Nov. 10.

Designed to address system preservation and pedestrian safety, the Maryland State Highway Administration will build the new two-lane bridge east of the existing bridge on a new alignment. The existing MD 272 Bridge was built in 1954 and is a three-span steel beam structure with 3-foot wide sidewalks and does not have shoulders. The new single-span straight girder bridge will provide two travel lanes, 5-foot wide shoulders, ADA compliant sidewalks and pedestrian ramps at intersections.

“Addressing our State's aging infrastructure is a top priority, especially in Main Street communities that rely on bridges and State roadways to connect to residences and economic centers,” stated SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “Investing and meeting community needs helps to sustain economic development, enhance safety and improve Maryland's major gateways.”

The bridge project also includes two retaining walls and a partial realignment of one-quarter mile along Mauldin Avenue. Crews will construct new 5-foot wide concrete sidewalks on both sides of MD 272 and ADA compliant pedestrian ramps that will extend along MD 272 from the intersection with Main and Russell streets to the entrance of the North East Station Shopping Center. The project also includes installing new and relocated roadway signs, special aesthetic lighting and storm drain improvements. Construction is expected to be completed late 2016.

“A new bridge in North East will help ensure public safety and convenience crossing the bridge. It will be a major improvement serving motorists, plus wider shoulders to accommodate bicyclists and new sidewalks for pedestrians, I want to thank the State Highway Administration and the Town of North East for their work on this project,” said Del. David D. Rudolph of Cecil County.

During construction, drivers should prepare for brief delays when crossing the bridge. Two temporary concrete traffic barriers will be placed in the work zone for the safety of construction crews. The SHA may close one travel lane in the work zone Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. SHA contractor may need to implement single-lane closures occasionally on Saturdays in case inclement weather occurs. Any single-lane closures on Saturdays will be coordinated in advance with the Town of North East.

Those who are interested in learning more about the project may attend the Town of North East's monthly mayor and commissioners meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.

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