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Millions in Repairs Coming to Rt. 13 Bypass Bridges

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Cars on the Route 13/Salisbury Bypass (Photo: WBOC) Cars on the Route 13/Salisbury Bypass (Photo: WBOC)

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - Starting this fall, a $20 million project will get underway in Wicomico County to make repairs to 11 bridges along the Route 13/Salisbury Bypass.

The 11 bridges, at six different locations along the bypass, are beginning to show signs of aging so this project is aimed at making the necessary repairs to keep them functioning for years to come.

"Most of these bridges are about 40-45 years old," said Maryland State Highway Administration spokesperson Bob Rager.  "So, we're looking at normal wear and tear.  For all 11 of these bridges, we're going to go ahead and do a latex overlay on the deck and improve the ride quality and also extend the life of the bridge deck."

The project is scheduled to get underway this fall and is anticipated to be complete by early 2018.  In order to get the work done relatively quickly, there will be some new traffic patterns while crews are on the bridges.

"On Route 13, we're going to have to funnel traffic down to one lane and then shift it across the median so it is running bi-directional on one side of Route 13 for a short period of time," Rager said.

That traffic pattern will be very similar to the traffic pattern used for the construction site on the bridge over the Pocomoke River in Worcester County.  SHA officials also said the goal is to not make the busiest travel time of the year even more hectic.

"One of the contract specifications is the six bridges from US Route 50 to the railroad overpass, we want to make sure the contractor does that work in the winter.  And we specified that so they have absolutely no impact on the summer beach traffic."

The money for the project will be coming from the state and federal level.  More details about the project here.

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