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Crews Repairing Surface Beneath Route 50 Drawbridge

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The Route 50 drawbridge in Ocean City. (Photo: WBOC) The Route 50 drawbridge in Ocean City. (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Crews with the Maryland State Highway Administration are making repairs to the bottom of the Harry Kelley Memorial Bridge in Ocean City. Single-lane closures will be in effect while work is being done.

At first glance, it is easy to wonder what a group of workers from the MD SHA are doing in a bucket controlled by a lengthy motorized arm on the side of the Route 50 drawbridge. If you have seen it, it is called a snooper truck and crews are using it to fix patchy problem areas with old concrete beneath the bridge.

Larry Grainger is glad to see work being done to a bridge that needs routine maintenance, something a spokesperson for the SHA said is the case.

"If I'm on top of a bridge, I want to make sure it's good underneath, especially during the summertime when all that traffic is piled up on top of it," said Grainger, who lives close by.

For the next couple of days, crews will be chipping away loose concrete to prevent it from falling off of the 73-year-old bridge. The process is time-consuming, as crews are responsible for covering every square inch of space.

Repairs started last week beneath the eastbound lanes. A single-lane closure has been in effect between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. since then.On Wednesday, work will be begin beneath the westbound lanes. A single-lane closure on that side will take effect then. The task will be complete by the end of the week.

"I guess I just need to spend a little bit more time in the car, but obviously it should be worth it," said Tom Perlozzo, just one of many drivers who use the drawbridge.

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