Cumberland Times-News

March 30, 2013

More closures face motorists on Interstate 68

BRICE STUMP
The Daily Times of Salisbury

— CUMBERLAND — Motorists on Interstate 68 should prepare for extended single-lane closures beginning Monday as the Maryland State Highway Administration patches the concrete surface of the Crosstown Bridge.

The SHA advises motorists to slow down and drive with caution as they prepare for possible delays during peak travel times.

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.

SHA’s contractor for the project is Titan Industrial Services Inc. of Baltimore. More information is available at www.bitly.com/crosstownbridge.

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