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County:Frederick Project Number:FR418_51
US 0015 FREDERICK FREEWAY TC11 - BRIDGE 10098 ON MOTTER AVENUE

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Project design To view a larger, PDF version of the project concept board, view the project design on the maps tab.
Dewatering structure A dewatering structure is in place to drain and filter water from the basin until it is converted into a stormwater management pond. This will help control sediment during construction. (May 24, 2012)
Grading for the stormwater management basins Grading for the stormwater management basins. (May 24, 2012)
Sidewalk replacement Crews remove existing curb and sidewalk for replacement at the entrance to Governor Thomas Johnson High School. (June 15, 2012)
Verizon crew members do utility work at 14th Street. Verizon crew members do utility work at 14th Street. (June 15, 2012)
Grading Crews grade along the ramp from northbound US 15 to Motter Avenue in preparation for curb and gutter installation. (July 11, 2012)
Temporary sidewalk Crews are preparing to install a temporary sidewalk beside the existing sidewalk on Thomas Johnson Drive. The existing sidewalk area will become part of the work zone as crews widen Thomas Johnson Drive. (July 11, 2012)
New curb along ramp New curb is in place along the ramp from northbound US 15 to Motter Avenue. (July 23, 2012)
Tree removal Crews remove trees along Opossumtown Pike. (July 24, 2012)
Median Crews work in the median of US 15. (August 24, 2012)
Curb and sidewalk New curb and sidewalk along Motter Avenue and Pinewood Drive. (September 19, 2012)
Median removed from Opossumtown Pike Crews removed the center median from Opossumtown Pike in preparation to shift lanes to allow space for crews to install new curbs, sidewalks and storm drains. (September 19, 2012)
Fiber optic line relocation Verizon crews are on site to relocate a fiber optic line. (October 10, 2012)
Signal foundation Crews pour concrete foundation for a relocated traffic signal pole. (October 10, 2012)
Pedestrian bridge site Crews prepare the site where a temporary pedestrian bridge will be installed across US 15 for use while the Motter Avenue bridge is under construction (November 15, 2012).
Steel Crews prepare the steel for a cantilevered sign over US 15. The sign will replace an existing one which must be removed to make room for the widened Motter Avenue bridge. (November 15, 2012)
New curb and sidewalk A new curb and sidewalk are in place along the southbound side of Opossumtown Pike near Hampton Inn and Suites. The sidewalk was moved to allow the roadway to be widened. (December 17, 2012)
Hauling fill dirt Crews haul in fill dirt for the west abutment (end support) of bridge. The photo also shows the completed foundation for the west abutment of the pedestrian bridge (January 21, 2013).
New asphalt Newly placed asphalt for maintenance of traffic for lane shifts. (January 21, 2013.)
Pedestrian bridge Crews are installing a temporary pedestrian bridge that will be used to cross US 15 during construction on the Motter Avenue bridge. The prefabricated bridge was set in place over the highway the night of Tuesday, January 29. Before opening the bridge to pedestrian traffic, crews have to complete the ramps to the bridge, pave the walkways to the bridge, and install lighting. If weather permits, the bridge could potentially open by late February, but winter weather could push this back into March. (Photo taken January 30, 2013).
Grading for walkway to pedestrian bridge Crews have been working on grading for the walkways that will lead to the temporary pedestrian bridge. (Photo taken February 27, 2013)
Shifted lanes Crews have removed the sidewalk from the south side of the Motter Avenue bridge, shifted lanes to the south side, and placed barrier wall in preparation to begin work on the north side of the bridge. (Photo taken February 27, 2013)
Walkway to pedestrian bridge This photo shows the walkway to the temporary pedestrian bridge. Before the bridge opens, chain-link safety fence will be installed along the walkway leading up to the bridge. (Photo taken March 12, 2013).
Pedestrian bridge The temporary pedestrian bridge is scheduled to open March 18, 2013. The bridge is 10 feet wide and has a chain-link fence ceiling. (Photo taken March 12, 2013).
New concrete median A worker smooths the concrete on a new median on Thomas Johnson Drive that will prevent left turns into and out of the business entrances closest to the Opossumtown Pike intersection (Photo taken March 21, 2013).
Sidewalk closed The sidewalk across the Motter Avenue bridge is now closed and signs direct pedestrians to a temporary pedestrian bridge across US 15 (Photo take March 21, 2013).
Temporary pedestrian bridge A man uses the walkway to the temporary pedestrian bridge across US 15 (Photo taken March 21, 2013).
Pile Crews prepare to drive a test pile at the west end of the Motter Avenue bridge over US 15. Piles, or long columns of steel, are driven deep into the ground to anchor the bridge in the bedrock. (Photo taken April 15, 2013.)
Shoring Crews work on shoring to be placed in excavation area for for the footer for the center bridge pier (support column) in median of US 15. (Photo taken April 15, 2013)
Forming footer for west abutment The contractor is working on forming the footer for the west side of the bridge. (May 8, 2013.)
Drainage work The contractor is working on pouring concrete for curb and gutter. Also, the contractor has installed a storm drain inlet and constructed a drainage ditch. (May 8, 2013.)
Forming pier The contractor is working on placing forms and rebar for pier (central support) "E" for the new bridge. (June 19, 2013.)
Forming Abutment B Crews have completed the concrete footer and have begun placing forms for the west abutment (end support) for the new bridge. (June 19, 2013.)
East abutment Crews have completed concrete for the east abutment (end support) for the new bridge. (July 18, 2013.)
Completed piers Three completed piers (central support columns) for the new Motter Avenue bridge over US 15. (July 18, 2013.)
New steel beams Crews have installed steel beams across US 15 for the new Motter Avenue bridge (July 25, 2013).
New steel beams Another view of crews installing steel beams across US 15 for the new Motter Avenue bridge (July 25, 2013).
Retaining wall Construction is underway on a retaining wall along the north side of Opossumtown Pike. (August 14, 2013.)
Water main Crews have installed a relocated water main between the steel girders of the new bridge. (August 14, 2013).
Installing rebar Crews install rebar on the new Motter Avenue bridge over US 15. The rebar will reinforce the concrete bridge deck (driving surface). (Sept. 13, 2013)
Loading pump truck Crews load concrete into a pump truck in preparation to pour the concrete bridge deck (driving surface) for the new Motter Avenue bridge over US 15. (October 9, 2013)
Bridge deck Crews pour the concrete bridge deck (driving surface) for the new Motter Avenue bridge over US 15. (October 9, 2013)
Grading Crews grade and place stone for the roadway leading up to the new portion of the Motter Avenue bridge over US 15. (November 20, 2013)
Preparing for traffic shift Crews install barrier wall on the Motter Avenue bridge to prepare for the traffic shift coming in December. (November 20, 2013)
Removing bridge deck Crews work on removing the bridge deck (driving surface) and girders from the old Motter Avenue bridge over US 15. (December 16, 2013)
Traffic on new bridge Vehicles travel on the newly constructed portion of the Motter Avenue bridge following the traffic shift. (December 16, 2013)
Center support for pedestrian bridge The center tower that will support a temporary pedestrian bridge over US 15 is in place in the highway median. The temporary bridge will provide safe pedestrian and bicycle crossing during construction on the Motter Avenue bridge. (December 17, 2012)
Demolition continues The structural steel has been removed from the old Motter Avenue bridge as demolition continues. (January 13, 2014)
Forms for retaining wall Crews work on forms for the new retaining wall along Opossumtown Pike. (January 13, 2014)
Working on east abutment footer Crews work on the footer for the east abutment (end support) for the new Motter Avenue bridge.
(January 23, 2014)
Working on pier footer Crews work on the footer (base) for the center pier (bridge support) in the median of US 15. (February 18, 2014)
East abutment widening Crews work on stage III construction for the east abutment (end support) for the widened Motter Avenue bridge over US 15. (March 11, 2014)
Pouring concrete for pier footer Crews pour concrete for the footer (base) for the center pier (bridge support) in the median of US 15.
(March 11, 2014)
Concrete for pier Crews pour concrete for one of the bridge piers (central supports). (April 8, 2014)
Forms for abutment Wooden forms are in place in preparation to pour concrete for the west abutment (end support). (April 8, 2014)
Pier progress One of the new concrete piers (central supports) is complete while the other two cure inside their forms. (May 14, 2014)
F-Wall A retaining wall is formed along the shoulder of US 15 under the new Motter Avenue Bridge. (May 14, 2014)
Relocated ramp section On May 30, SHA opened the relocated section at the end of the ramp from northbound US 15 to Motter Avenue, shown at right in this photo. The old section is now closed.

Please note that for now, traffic on the ramp will still need to yield to traffic on Motter Avenue at the end of the ramp.

Pedestrians who cross this ramp should be aware that traffic will be using the new ramp section.
Placing girders Crews use a crane to place bridge girders for the new Motter Avenue bridge over US 15. (June 18, 2014)
Placing girders New girders in place for the bridge. (June 18, 2014)
Deck Pans Crews weld deck pans for the final stage of construction on the Motter Avenue Bridge over US 15 (July 16, 2014).
Preparing for median Crews are preparing to begin construction of the median on Opossumtown Pike (July 16, 2014). A concrete median existed before the project but had been removed during construction, though the median has been closed with construction drums.
Roadway widening Crews place stone for road widening on northbound US 15 (July 16, 2014).
Opossumtown Pike Median Crews place concrete for the median island on Opossumtown Pike. (August 11, 2014)
Bridge deck phase III rebar Crews prepare to pour the bridge deck for the final section of the new Motter Avenue bridge over US 15.
(August 20, 2014)
New surface paving on Opossumtown Pike New surface paving on Opossumtown Pike (September 25, 2014).
New bridge deck and new concrete sidewalk New bridge deck and new concrete sidewalk for phase III on Motter Avenue.(September 25, 2014).
New paving and line striping View of project looking north on Opossumtown Pike showing new paving and line striping. (October 23, 2014)
New sidewalk and base paving on Motter Avenue New sidewalk and base paving on Motter Avenue. (October 23, 2014)
Grooving bridge deck Crews use a machine to groove the concrete deck on the Motter Avenue bridge over US 15 (November 3, 2014).
Bridge with new line markings A view of the new Motter Avenue bridge over US 15 with fresh line markings ready to be opened to traffic (November 04, 2014).
Bridge nearing completion Five of six lanes on the new Motter Avenue bridge are open to traffic in this November 20, 2014 photo. Remaining work includes staining the bridge, adding a fence on top of the bridge parapet walls, paving the bridge approaches, and completing the sidewalk and guardrail on the approaches to the bridge on the east side.
 
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