Cumberland Times-News

March 19, 2013

Bridge repairs scheduled to begin tonight at Hancock

Workers will replace span’s joints, seals

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— HANCOCK — The Maryland State Highway Administration will begin repairs Wednesday night to the U.S. Route 522 (Hancock Road) bridge over the Potomac River between Hancock and Morgan County, W.Va.

The work will be completed at night and require the bridge to be reduced to one lane, with flaggers alternating traffic, between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night, seven nights a week. The repairs are expected to take about five weeks and will be complete in late April, weather permitting.

The work consists of replacing bridge joints and seals. The seals, which cover the seams where sections of the bridge come together, are beginning to pull away from the driving surface and must be replaced so they do not become a hazard.

The SHA inspectors discovered the need for the repairs during a routine inspection on March 13.

While SHA and its 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,” reads an emailed press release. “Stay alert — look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don't follow too closely.”

Maryland now features free 511 traveler information. Residents may call 511 or 855-GOMD511 or visit the website,