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SHA: Maintenance Work to Last Months on Kent Narrows Drawbridge

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MD 18 (Main Street) drawbridge in Kent Narrows with span open. (Photo: Maryland State Highway Administration) MD 18 (Main Street) drawbridge in Kent Narrows with span open. (Photo: Maryland State Highway Administration)
KENT ISLAND, Md. - The Maryland State Highway Administration says it will conduct maintenance on the Main Street Drawbridge over the Kent Narrows in Queen Anne's County, expected to last several months.

SHA says the $2.1 million maintenance work project, which includes cleaning, painting and minor rehabilitation, will begin Saturday March 21 and should be complete by mid-May, weather permitting. During the work, SHA says it will detour all traffic along Route 18 to Route 50 and Route 301.

SHA says the detour is 2.5 miles long and should not add more than five minutes of additional travel time. The drawbridge will also be closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

"SHA  coordinated our efforts with businesses and residents impacted by the bridge maintenance project ," said Greg Holsey, SHA District 2 Engineer. "By working together as partners, SHA will be able to assure motor vehicle access, continued support for local businesses, and access to residents' homes throughout the eight-week detour."

Holsey says eastbound MD 18 traffic will detoured  onto the access ramp to Route 50 East, located just west of Wharf Road.  After crossing the Kent Narrows, traffic will exit Route 50 at Exit 42 onto Seward Marina Road to continue along Route 18.  Eastbound traffic may turn right on to Route 18 for local access, but will not be able to travel cross the Kent Narrows Drawbridge.

Holsey says westbound Route 18 traffic will turn right (north) onto Kent Narrows Road, located just west of Seward Marina Road, and  pass under the Route 50 bridge.  Traffic will then turn right to continue along Kent Narrows Road toward the Exit 42 on-ramp for Route 50 west, before merging onto westbound Route 50.  After crossing the Kent Narrows, Holsey says traffic will exit Route 50 at Exit 41 onto Piney Narrows Road and travel under the Route 50 bridge to the intersection with Route 18.  Turning right will allow drivers to continue westbound travel along Route 18.  Westbound traffic may turn left onto Route 18 for local access, but will not be able to travel across the Kent Narrows Drawbridge.

The SHA says the existing two-lane drawbridge was constructed in 1952. The administration says the planned repairs are typical for a structure of this age and type of service. Holsey says the paint system being used will ensure the drawbridge will not need to be painted again for 20 years.
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