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Maryland Governor Announces Salisbury Bypass Bridge Repair Project

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Bridge deck along Route 13 bypass (Photo: WBOC) Bridge deck along Route 13 bypass (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md. - Starting this fall, a $24 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.  The bridges were constructed between 40 and 45 years ago. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan stood along Route 13 in Salisbury on Thursday morning to announce the plans to repair the bridges.

"Replacing the concrete bridge deck approaches with steel supports. Installing higher barriers and removing and replacing the top two inches of concrete deck with latex concrete," Hogan said.

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.  Those traffic patterns 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.  Construction on the bridges north of Route 50 will be done in the winter so not to interfere with the summer beach traffic.

Hogan added he believes the project will also cut down on traffic through the city of Salisbury.

"Right now, vehicles of a certain size and weight are not allowed to go on these bridges because they're not able to handle them.  So, the new bridges enable all vehicles to be able to travel on the bypass and go straight around Salisbury," Hogan said.

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

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