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Salisbury Bypass Construction Frustrates Drivers

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SALISBURY, Md.- If you've driven along the Salisbury Bypass in Wicomico County recently, you've probably seen bright orange cones and construction signs.

This is because the Maryland State Highway Administration is resurfacing about 1.5 miles of the roadway, in both directions. 

The state says the contractor is already doing some of the milling and grinding at night and plans to do the paving during daylight hours because warmer temperatures are needed to roll the new asphalt. 

SHA says work on the bypass is a little more complicated than regular paving –-- as the state usually mills and paves only two inches. For this road project, the state says it needs to go a little deeper at three inches. 

In a statement to WBOC the state said, "This requires two passes for the milling and two “lifts” (layers) of asphalt, each 1.5 inches thick."

But this construction work is beginning to frustrate drivers, like Jerry Cox of Frankford, Del., who travels on the Salisbury Bypass frequently. He and other drivers say loose gravel has become a growing concern.

"If a stone flies up and hits a windshield it can cause a major accident," he said. 

David Hands of Salisbury agrees, and says his brother's car has already taken a beating. 

"My brother...on Sunday came to Lowes, and on his way back home a truck threw stones up and it shattered his windshield. Now he has to pay for that," Hands said. 

Other drivers say the uneven roadways and the loose gravel are not a concern and they embrace enhancements to the bypass. 

The state says the contractor should begin paving this week and finish by early December.

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