Big traffic pattern change reportedly coming to US 13 Salisbury Bypass next week

Officials say a temporary shift to two directional traffic is necessary for 11-bridge rehabilitation project, and drivers are recommended to be careful and allow extra travel time.

According to State Highway Administration officials, the first of four major traffic shifts for the US 13 (Salisbury Bypass) 11-bridge rehabilitation project will happen on Monday, October 24. The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration will use median and ramp crossovers, concrete barrier and signage to redirect US 13 northbound drivers to the southbound side of US 13 before the US 50 interchange. This two directional flow will reportedly go on beyond the Norfolk Southern railroad overpass where northbound US 13 traffic will cross back over the median and go back to normal flow.

Officials say all ramp movements will be maintained.

This shift will reportedly let crews start rehabilitation of the US 13 northbound bridges over US 50, MD 346 (old Ocean City Road) and the railroad. Next month, SHA will reportedly transfer northbound US 13 traffic into two directional flow a little further to the south, by using a median crossover south of Parker Pond.

Officials say this will let work start on the northbound US 13 bridges over Parker Pond and MD 350 (mount Hermon Road)

In May, SHA officials say US 13 will go back to normal flow north of US 50 for heavy summer beach traffic, and from October 2017 until May 2018, traffic will run two directional on the northbound lanes to help rehabilitation of the southbound bridges. All work is reportedly set to be completed by summer 2018.

Speed limits through the work zone will reportedly go from 65 to 55 mph. For more information on the project, people can go here.

SHA reportedly gave the construction contract to Coman Construction of Annapolis Junction. Daily, 36,225 cars reportedly go through the Bypass and this volume is set to reach 53,000 by 2035. Officials say the bypass is an important beach route with traffic increasing 15 percent during the summer.

While SHA and its transportation partners maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, officials say, drivers should actively change his or her driving style to help stop crashes. People are being told to stay alert, look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes, and highway workers, slow down, and don’t follow too closely.

A full listing of current SHA projects is included here. Maryland drivers can also learn before they go by calling 511, or visiting this website for live traffic updates, such as construction delays and lane closures.

People with questions about this project can call the SHA District one office at 410-677-4000.

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