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Maryland Replacing Route 29 Bridge

It's the southbound bridge over I-70 in Howard County. The project is scheduled to start Thursday and end by early fall. We've been talking a lot lately about the various megaprojects that will mark the construction season in Virginia, projects such as the HOT lanes and the Metrorail extension through Tysons. But Maryland also has a busy construction schedule that will be visible to many commuters.

During the next several months, says the Maryland State Highway Administration, there could be more than 350 work zones. That's a range of projects from the big ones, like the Intercounty Connector now well underway to the small operations like a bridge repair or an overnight paving project. Be especially alert for those smaller operations where the workers are separated from drivers only by orange barrels rather than concrete barriers.

The Route 29 bridge project is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Thursday, when the right lane will be closed along southbound 29 between Route 99 (Old Frederick Road) and the bridge over I-70. A single lane will be closed throughout the project. The workers will replace the right side of the deck first, them move to the left side during the summer.

SHA says the bridge, which is more than 40 years old, is safe, but the concrete deck needs to be replaced. This project is in SHA's District 7. The office phone is
301-624-8100 or toll free at 800-635-5119.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 17, 2009; 11:28 AM ET
Categories:  Construction  
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