Delays on 50 in Md. this weekend
Saturday, 3 p.m.: The delays on U.S. 50 East appear to be heaviest starting at Exit 8 to Route 704 just beyond the Capital Beltway. Traffic in that area is at a crawl and the delays extend to Freeway Airport. The two right lanes are blocked. However, once you have passed that area traffic is mostly flowing freely, although there are single-lane closures where concrete is curing.
Original post: Motorists traveling on U.S. 50 eastbound should expect major delays this weekend as road crews finish repairs along a nine-mile stretch of the highway.
The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration said the $402,000 project between the Anne Arundel County line and the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County will begin at 9 p.m. Friday and finish at 5 a.m. on Monday, if weather permits.
Roadwork on U.S. 50 westbound was finished Aug. 22.
Alternate routes include the Capital Beltway to MD 32 to I-97 or MD 450, which runs parallel to U.S. 50 through Prince George's County.
The work includes repairing nearly three dozen 12-foot by 12-foot concrete segments along eastbound U.S. 50. The repairs are needed because of the impact high temperatures and the high volume of traffic has had on the roadway this year. The combined factors have caused sections of the concrete to deteriorate, causing safety issues with the pavement, state officials said.
-- Ovetta Wiggins
| August 28, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories: Congestion, Construction, Highways, Maryland
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