The closure will take place the weekend of Aug. 23-26.
Dickerson, Md (KM) Dickerson Road (Md. 28) near the bridge which crosses the Monocacy River will be closed this coming weekend. The State Highway Administration says the closure will begin at 10:00 PM on Friday, August 23rd. The road is scheduled to reopen by Monday, August 26th at 5:00 AM.
“Right now, that bridge is being guided by temporary traffic signals. So you have one lane only going through there 24-7,” says State Highway Administration spokesman Charlie Gischlar. “But with the kind of work we’re doing here in this stage of it–which we’re really progressing pretty well on this project–we need to go to the whole bridge. We need both sides of the bridge in order to do this part of the rehabilitation project so we can’t maintain traffic through it while we’re doing this section.”
Gischlar says motorists who regularly use that bridge will be detoured to Old Hundred Road (Md. 109), Urbana Pike (Md. 355), Fingerboard Road (Md. 80) and Buckeystown Pike (Md. 85). He says drivers should allow extra time if they’re traveling during that closure.
Work is expected to be completed by early Monday morning, August 26th, and that’s when the road will be reopened. But Gischlar says if this part of the rehabilitation project is finished before that time, the highway could be reopened much sooner. “If we get more done ahead of schedule, we’re not going to keep it closed a minute longer than we have to,” he says. “If we keep our fingers crossed there and get things opened, we’ll get it opened sooner. But we have until five-o-clock on Monday the 26th to get everything open in time for the morning rush hour.”
This entire project is expected to completed by the spring of 2020. The cost is $7.5-million.
SHA says about 9,300 vehicles travel that section of Dickerson Road (Md. 28) each day.
By Kevin McManus