Pocomoke drawbridge repairs to begin August 6th
Residents in Pocomoke have a little less than a week to make some changes to their daily commute. Starting Monday August 6th, The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will start construction on the marketstreet drawbridge over the Pocomoke River. The repairs are expected to last until Sunday the 12th. Officials say the construction on the century old bridge is crucial to maintaining its shape, safety, and design. During this period the drawbridge will be closed to vehicle traffic and a signed detour route will be in place officials add marine traffic won't be affected.
"There's never a good time to do these kinds of repairs, even though we have route 13 the divided highway pretty right next door to the drawbridge, the drawbridge doesn't get a lot of vehicle traffic these days but it is important to the businesses and the residents right there in Pocomoke city so we want to make sure we get this stuff done," said District Community Liaison for the The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, Bob Rager.
Crews will be working daily on the drawbridge starting at 6 AM until 10 PM. They'll be repairing the drawbridge's nose locks, concrete girders, bearings.