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Off-Season Months Are Crucial for Bypass Repair Project

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Aerial view of bypass bridge repair project.  (Photo: WBOC) Aerial view of bypass bridge repair project. (Photo: WBOC)

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - The mid-summer beach traffic on Delmarva is long gone which means it is the perfect time for the State Highway Administration to finish as much as possible on the Route 13 Bypass bridge repair project.

Monday, crews were hard at work on the northbound bridges at and north of Route 50.  And while traffic seemed to moving along at a reasonable pace on Monday, some drivers are still not too thrilled about having to deal with the lengthy project schedule.

"Kind of a pain that they're doing it just because it's slowing down traffic on a high traffic route.  But  I mean, in the end it's going to work out pretty well," said Ben David of Salisbury.

"I think they should have done it at night time," said Kevin Wootten of Girdletree.  "During the day, it's kind of hard.  You have to get to and from work and during those day time hours, people need to get there as fast as they can."

While night time construction hours may work for other projects, the work being done on these northbound bridges is on a bit of a time crunch. SHA plans on having the new bridge deck replaced on the northbound bridge over Route 50, Old Ocean City Road, and the Norfolk Southern Rail line, before old man winter makes his presence felt here on Delmarva.  The material being put done on the bridge decks is weather sensitive and best installed at temperatures around 50 degrees.  Then during the winter months, construction crews can get to work on repairing the end sections of the bridge.

Ultimately, the work on these first handful of bridges needs to be done before May when the peak driving season returns here on Delmarva.  The project includes the repair of 11 bridges overall.

SHA officials also said drivers should expect occasional single lane closures or flagging operations on Old Ocean City Road and Business Route 50 this winter while those bridge end sections are repaired.

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