Monocacy River Bridge to be Closed Overnight for Upgrades This Weekend
Motorists in Montgomery County planning to travel to Frederick County should be aware that one of the major arteries out of the County will be closed overnight for repairs this weekend, as the Maryland DOT begins overnight repairs to the Monocacy River Bridge on MD 28.
Beginning at 6:00 am on Saturday, October 13 and continuing until 5:00 am on Monday, October 15, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will close the MD 28 (Dickerson Road) Bridge over the Monocacy River Bridge in Frederick County. The total closure and detour are necessary as part of the $7.5 million bridge rehabilitation project.
On Monday night, October 15 and continuing until Friday, October 19, MDOT SHA will detour nighttime travelers using MD 109 (Old Hundred Road), MD 355 (Urbana Pike), MD 80 (Fingerboard Road) and MD 85 (Buckeystown Pike). The nighttime closures will begin at 10:00 pm and end by 5:00 am each day. Motorists are encouraged to add additional commuting time if traveling during the closure.
The bridge, which was constructed in 1931, is structurally sound, but the bridge deck (driving surface) has outlived its useful service life and needs to be replaced.
“The MD 28 Bridge over the Monocacy River rehabilitation project is one of 12 bridge replacement/rehabilitation projects in Frederick County,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Greg Slater. “We are aggressively delivering transportation solutions to that county and the entire state of Maryland.
Approximately 9,300 vehicles use this section of MD 28 each day. The main work includes replacing the bridge deck, installing a service road to maintain access to the river and park area, replacing sections of the steel truss bridge structure and repairing concrete bridge piers. Other work includes removing years of debris buildup under the bridge and cleaning and painting the metal surfaces on the structure.
MDOT SHA will install two temporary traffic signals at either of the bridge to alternate traffic throughout the duration of the project. MDOT SHA’s contractor is Corman Kokosing Construction of Annapolis Junction.
While MDOT SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. 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. For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, click on Road Ready, MDOT SHA's electronic construction brochure. For a look at real-time commute conditions, log onto www.md511.org.
Top: The 87 year-old MD 28 Steel Truss Bridge over the Monocacy River will undergo a major rehabilitation and will closed overnight from 10:00 pm until 5:00 am each night this weekend beginning Saturday night, Oct. 13.
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