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Progress Report on Maryland's Beltway Paving

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Maryland is repaving Beltway between Legion Bridge and I-270. (Kevin Oberheim - RK&K)

Many of you who use the western side of the Beltway have been asking how Maryland's resurfacing project is going. It just started last month, but they want it done. The new asphalt is great, but there are rough spots where crews are working, particularly around the bridges. Signs warn drivers against changing lanes in the work zone, because of the uneven levels of paving between the lanes under repair.

Resurfacing of the main travel lanes on the Beltway is about 90 percent done, said Chuck Gischlar, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration. The final paving of those lanes should be done by the end of next week, weather permitting, he said.

Work on the ramps and the collector/distributor lanes will be done after the paving of the main lanes is done. Crews are continuing work on the storm water inlets at the Clara Barton ramps this week.

All paving on the project should be done by mid-November, if the weather cooperates, he said. If it doesn't, some ramp paving may continue in early spring.

"This project is a monumental undertaking -- with limited work hours of five nights per week along one of Maryland's busiest highways," Gischlar said. "The average daily traffic ranges from nearly 200,000 to 220,0000 vehicles per day."

Drivers, especially motorcyclists, should be careful with those lane transitions. It's not always easy to spot the bump between a higher lane with new asphalt and a lower lane in a preliminary stage of repair.

Gischlar said the highway administration follows national construction standards on this. The difference between new asphalt and milled asphalt is about two inches.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 30, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Capital Beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland State Highway Administration, paving  
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Dr. G,
I kept meaning to write in about this sooner. I have never seen a construction project that is so well marked, so efficient, and so well done as this paving project. It seems that every morning, I have a new lane of smooth pavement, the night disruptions are relatively minimal, and the signage (for bumps, rough pavement) is frequent and well placed.
I hope that whatever contractor(s) were hired for this project get lots of future business in this area, they have done a great job.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | October 1, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

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