Traffic shift coming to Salisbury Bypass

SALISBURY, Md. - On Wednesday, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (M.D.O.T.S.H.A.) says that they are still on schedule with the project to rehabilitate the U.S. 13./ U.S. 50 (Salisbury Bypass) bridges. They will also apparently open a temporary median crossover to continue road work, in Salisbury.

Bridge work on the southbound U.S. 13 ramp to the eastbound bypass is almost finished. M.D.O.T.S.H.A. will re-open the ramp the week of October 16 and take away the temporary traffic signals on Naylor Mill Road that were used for the detour. This is a part of the 11 bridge rehabilitation project along the northeast section of the Bypass. People can go here for more information.

Next Thursday, October 19, crews will open a temporary median crossover near the Norfolk Southern Railroad overpass to direct southbound traffic to the northbound side of the Bypass. The shift, officials say, is necessary for work to start on the southbound bridges over the railroad, MD 346 (Old Ocean City Road) and U.S. 50 Business (Ocean Gateway.) To safely put in place the new pattern, officials say that a short closure of the southbound bypass may be necessary between 3:00 AM and 6:00 AM. Drivers are encouraged to plan other routes for that time.

With this shift, all traffic will run bi-directional on the northbound side of the bypass for about three miles, from north of the railroad, to south of Parker Pond. The pattern will stay in place through May 2018. Crews have been working on the southbound bridges over MD 350 (Mount Hermon Road) and Parker Pond and the U.S.13 ramp bridges since July.

M.D.O.T S.H.A. will use message signs along the Bypass and U.S. 13 to remind drivers of work dates. All dates are depending on weather.

Drivers are urged to observe the reduced work zone speed limit (55 m.p.h) and cooperate with merging vehicles. People should also expect stop and go traffic during peak periods and be alert for leaving vehicles particularly at the U.S. 50 eastbound off ramp. The attached map and animation will help drivers understand the new temporary traffic pattern.

While S.H.A. and its transportation partners work hard to keep safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver is encouraged to actively adjust his or her driving style to help stop crashes. People are being told to stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers, slow down and don't follow too closely.

A complete listing of current S.H.A. projects is included in E-Road Ready 2017, the online brochure. Maryland drivers can also know before they go by calling 511 or visiting this website for live traffic updates, such as construction delays and road closures.

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