Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

April 1, 2013

Test of patience

Patching Crosstown Bridge will close lanes

 Motorists traveling on Interstate 68 will have their patience tested over the next several days as lanes will be closed to accommodate the patching of the Crosstown Bridge surface.

The lane closures, which affect one lane at a time, will usually begin Sunday at 8 p.m. and continue around the clock through Friday at noon to allow time for concrete to cure. They will continue each week for at least the next month until patching is complete. Crews will begin on eastbound I-68, working from right to left, before moving to westbound I-68.

The eastbound I-68 exit to Industrial Boulevard, Exit 43B, will be closed for patching beginning at 8 p.m. Friday and reopening at 8 p.m. April 7.

The work is part of a $14 million bridge rehabilitation project that also includes repairs, cleaning and painting below the bridge. The lane closures are necessary because many of the areas to be patched are too large to cover with steel plates while the concrete cures. This will also allow crews to complete the patching more quickly.

The work is being performed by Titan Industrial Services Inc. of Baltimore. The firm provides travelers with updated information via its website at  www.bitly.com/crosstownbridge.

While the work will be an inconvenience for motorists, the end result will be worth the anguish. The bridge surface and curbing has been in need of repair for some time now.

The State Highway Administration continues to promote its free traveler information services as a way motorists can be up-to-date on road closures and problems. Call 511 or 855-GOMD511 or visit www.md511.org for current travel information. You can even sign up to personalize travel route information through MY511 on the website.

The patching work is just a fraction of the two-year-long restoration of the 44-year-old Crosstown Bridge. There will be frequent occasions when traffic patterns change both on the bridge surface or on the streets below. The forebearance of motorists will be needed for many months ahead.

 

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