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County:Charles Project Number:CH226_21
MD 0254 COBB ISLAND ROAD BRIDGE 0803800 OVER NEALE SOUND
MD 0254  COBB ISLAND ROAD BRIDGE 0803800 OVER NEALE SOUND Picture
Project Name:
MD 254, Cobb Island Road

Location of Project:
BRIDGE 0803800 OVER NEALE SOUND

Description:
Replace Bridge 08038 over Neale Sound.
 
Scope:
The bridge on MD 254 over Neale Sound leading to Cobb Island in Charles County is scheduled for replacement. Originally constructed in 1963, the bridge is safe for the traveling public, but is nearing the end of its useful service life. Should the deterioration continue, weight restrictions (reduced loads for trucks, school buses, and emergency vehicles) would need to be posted to ensure safety. This would have a significant impact on the area since it serves as the only route to the island. Replacing the bridge will save money on future maintenance spending, and support safety and mobility as a part of SHA’s bridge preservation program.

Several alternatives for maintaining traffic along MD 254 during construction were considered including maintaining a single lane of traffic controlled by a system of temporary signals to alternate traffic through the work zone and construction of the new bridge on a new alignment while maintaining traffic on the existing bridge and roadway. At this time SHA is developing plans for a new alignment.

SHA will make every effort to complete the project as quickly as possible while minimizing impacts to local residents and motorists. Construction is expected to begin Fall of 2017 and be completed Spring of 2019 weather permitting.

This project is funded for construction under Governor Larry Hogan’s Investment in Highways and Bridges program aimed at addressing Maryland’s structurally deficient bridges.

SHA is providing a 20 ft by 30 ft timber platform close to the proposed bridge at Cobb Island for the purpose of aiding the contractor during bridge construction. Construction of the bridge supports is typically completed with equipment and materials stages from floating barges. Having a dedicated dock for the contractor will ease access for staging labor, materials, and equipment. As a requirement of State law (House Bill No. 797 ), SHA is required to investigate recreational waterway access on all projects involving water crossings. Working with DNR and the County Commissioner, SHA has agreed to leave the contractor platform in place and add a trail to the platform from parking lot located west of the bridge on Cobb Island to meet the waterway access requirements. The platform and trail would be maintained by Charles County. Further improvements to the area underneath the bridge, would be through the County and is not a part of the bridge project. Should it be determined that there is not a need or a desire to have waterway access at this location, then the contractor platform will be removed after the bridge construction is complete. The preliminary concept drawing for the 20 ft by 30 ft platform can be found under the link ‘Media’


Project Type:
BRIDGE REPLACEMENT

Current Phase:Design
Funded Year :2012 How much will this project cost?
Funding Source(s):State
Last Updated On : 3/10/2017
 
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