The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is beginning two bridge replacement projects, totaling $16.8 million, in Charles County. The structures are two of the 69 structurally deficient bridges that Governor Larry Hogan pledged to fix in June 2015.
MD 254 (Cobb Island Road) Bridge over Neale Sound:
- MDOT SHA will replace the MD 254 (Cobb Island Road) Bridge over Neale Sound for $15.2 million. The 55-year-old bridge is safe but has outlived its useful service life and needs to be replaced. The new bridge will have 14-foot lanes and a bike lane, as well as a raised sidewalk for pedestrians on the west side of the bridge providing a connection from the mainland to the island. Crews will also install pedestrian lighting along the bridge. The project will be complete fall 2020.
- Traffic will be minimally impacted by construction, as the new bridge will be constructed next to the existing structure. There will, however, be times when large equipment is staged close to the roadway requiring occasional off-peak closures to move equipment and material into place. During lane closures, MDOT SHA will use a flagging operation to guide motorists through the work zone.
- Cobb Island is a 290-acre triangle surrounded by the Wicomico River on one side, the Potomac River on another and Neale Sound on the third.
MD 224 (Riverside Road) Bridge over Thorne Gut Branch:
- In Nanjemoy, MDOT SHA has started preliminary utility relocation work in advance of the project to replace the MD 224 (Riverside Road) Bridge over Thorne Gut Branch. The $1.6 million project will be complete this fall.
- The 71-year-old bridge is safe but in need of replacement. MDOT SHA will close MD 224 beginning Saturday, June 16 for 10 weeks to minimize the duration of construction. Local access will be maintained up to the bridge closure. Traffic will be detoured during construction from MD 224 to MD 426 (Liverpool Point Road) to MD 6 (Port Tobacco Road) and back to MD 224.
- To learn more about this project, visit https://bit.ly/2L2us9p.
Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.
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