Snow Emergency Plans to Take Effect Friday at Noon

The Maryland State Police and Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) are proactively announcing that snow emergency plans will go into effect at noon Friday in advance of the predicted severe storm expected Friday and Saturday. The Statewide Snow Emergency requires vehicles restricts traveling on all highways designated as snow emergency routes be equipped with chains, snow tires or all season radials. Additionally, special hauling permits for commercial vehicles are not valid during snow emergencies.

The snow emergency plan also allows the Maryland State Police (MSP) to call tow companies to remove abandoned vehicles in the road or on the shoulder and restricts all parking on designated snow emergency routes.

“It is important for all Marylanders to heed Governor Hogan’s warning about the coming storm and to make every effort to refrain from travel through the weekend,” Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi said. “Implementing the snow emergency plans in every county is an indication of the serious nature of this storm and the statewide impact it will have. Our goal is to keep citizens safe and this is one of the many steps we will be taking to do that.”

Significant snowfall, high winds and treacherous driving conditions are expected from late Friday, all day Saturday and into Sunday. If forecasts materialize as expected and more than two feet of snow falls, cleanup will take several days and extend into early next week.

“Please avoid traveling during the storm to allow our crews the space needed to plow the roads,” said SHA Administrator Gregory Johnson. “Our goal is to keep one travel lane open and passable on major highways for emergency vehicles during the storm and focus on plowing all lanes once the snow stops.”

Commercial vehicle drivers have the option to wait out the storm at one of Maryland’s 17 designated safe haven ridesharing lots in order to avoid travel during hazardous conditions.

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Routine Maintenance Planned for Chester River & Dover Bridges in December

The State Highway Administration (SHA) will perform routine maintenance requiring short-term openings of the MD 213 Chestertown Drawbridge over the Chester River on Wednesday, December 10, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Crews will also perform routine maintenance of the MD 331 Dover Bridge over the Choptank River on Thursday, December 11, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The brief closures of the bridges will last no longer than those needed for an average vessel to pass through the open spans, which vary between five to 15 minutes. Work on each bridge is weather permitting.

SHA’s contractor, Covington Machine and Welding, Inc. of Annapolis, will perform the routine maintenance, which includes: greasing the bridge locks, testing the opening and closing of the bridge swing span, raising and lowering the traffic gates, checking traffic and navigational lights and checking hydraulic oil levels for bridge motors.

If inclement weather prevents the work as originally planned, it will be rescheduled for the earliest possible weekday date that weather permits. Anyone with questions about the project may contact the SHA District 2 Office at 1-800-637-9740.

As crews strive to keep work zones safe, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving behavior to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For everyone!

SHA Begins Resurfacing US 50 from US 301 Split to MD 404

The State Highway Administration (SHA) will resurface 6.5 miles of US 50 (Ocean Gateway) from the US 301 split to MD 404 (Queen Anne Highway) beginning this week. The work was originally scheduled to begin early August; however, to avoid major traffic impacts, SHA and the contractor opted to delay work until after Labor Day.

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, crews will begin inspecting the pavement to determine areas that may require deep (14 to 18 inches) patching, closing a single lane Mondays through Fridays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Inspectors will monitor traffic flow and should major backups occur, they will reopen the traffic lane. The pavement inspections will take approximately two weeks to complete.

Once inspections are complete, SHA’s contractor will begin patching, grinding (removing the top layer of asphalt) and resurfacing US 50. The road work will be conducted in two separate phases, starting at the US 50/US 301 split and moving eastward for about three miles.

Motorists should expect single lane closures on US 50 between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sundays through Thursdays. Crews will use variable message boards, cones and barrels to guide motorists through the work zone. No construction work will be conducted during daytime hours Saturdays or Sundays. The resurfacing of the first phase is expected to continue into late fall.

The second phase of resurfacing, continuing from the end of Phase 1 will begin mid-spring and be completed by mid-summer 2015. The work plan will be identical for the second phase with, resurfacing being done during nighttimes only until the project is complete.

SHA’s contractor for the $5.8 million project is David A. Bramble of Chestertown. Motorists can obtain real-time traffic conditions by logging onto www.md511.org.

While SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Saver Driving. Safer Work Zones. For Everyone!

SHA to Resurface 14 Miles of US 50 in QA and Talbot Counties

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is beginning nearly $10 million in safety improvements on US 50 in Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. Starting next week, crews will resurface 14 miles of US 50 (Ocean Gateway) between US 301 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) and MD 404 (Dual Highway) in Queen Anne’s County and from Schwaniger Road (east of Easton) to Barber Road in Trappe in Talbot County.

Lane closures are permitted between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. SHA will use portable variable message signs, arrow panels, cones and traffic barrels to guide motorists through the work zones. The average daily traffic on these sections of US 50 range from more than 30,000 in Talbot County and more than 44,000 in Queen Anne’s County.

All work is scheduled for completion by the end of the year. SHA’s contractor for both projects is David A. Bramble, Inc. of Chestertown.

Those who have questions about these projects may contact the SHA District 2 Office at 410-778-3061, toll-free at 1-800-637-9740 or by e-mail at shadistrict2@sha.state.md.us.

SHA thanks everyone for driving safely through the work zone. As crews work to keep work zones safe, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For Everyone.

Traffic Advisory: SHA to Work on Dover Bridge July 21

The State Highway Administration (SHA) will perform routine maintenance requiring short-term openings of the MD 331 Dover Bridge over the Choptank River on Monday, July 21, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., weather permitting. The brief closures of the bridge will last no longer than those needed for an average vessel to pass through the open swing span, which vary between five to 15 minutes.

SHA’s contractor, Covington Machine and Welding, Inc. of Annapolis, will perform the inspection and maintenance. The routine maintenance includes greasing the bridge locks, testing the opening and closing of the bridge swing span, raising and lowering the traffic gates, checking traffic and navigational lights and checking hydraulic oil levels for bridge motors.

If inclement weather prevents the work as originally planned, it will be rescheduled for the earliest possible weekday date that weather permits. Anyone with questions about the project may contact the SHA District 2 Office at 1-800-637-9740.

As crews strive to keep work zones safe, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving behavior to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For everyone!