Lane Closures Start Monday In Pocomoke River Bridge Construction - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Lane Closures Start Monday In Pocomoke River Bridge Construction Project

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POCOMOKE, Md. - Construction on a bridge that connects two counties, is expected to impact traffic for two years.

The Maryland State Highway Administration says starting on Monday, May 5th, they will be closing the two Southbound lanes of the US Route 13 Bridge that crosses the Pocomoke River, connecting Somerset and Worcester Counties. Crews will be working to resurface the bridge decks, or driving surface, of the crossing, along with painting and repairing steel beams and concrete of the bridge's piers.

Drivers will be redirected to a temporary median crossover, just North of the river. Both directions of traffic will be using this bridge until November 2014. Once the Southbound bridge decks are finished, those lanes will be reopened, and all Northbound traffic will be redirected to a single lane crossover in the median just South of the Pocomoke River Bridge.

During construction, the speed limit in the work zone will be dropped from 55 miles per hour, to 45 MPH. SHA says crews will be working Monday through Friday, from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM, but that extended evening hours could be possible depending on the project's progress. Drivers should factor in extra time when heading over the bridge, with only one lane expected to be in use in each direction. Work is reportedly continuing until late fall 2015. Funding for the project is coming from the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013.

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