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County:Frederick Project Number:FR130_51
US 0015 CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN HIGHWAY IHB - BRIDGE 1009701 OVER MD 26
Status
11/20/2017-Placement of Phase 1 Parapet Wall for US 15 Northbound Bridge #1009701 has been completed as well as roadway sub-base. Contractor is continuing Phase #1 roadway placement; they are currently placing Hot Mix Asphalt (blacktop) for upcoming traffic switch.

-For this upcoming month plans are in place to begin Phase #2 bridge construction. This involves a traffic switch that will include a left traffic shift over to the soon to be completed Phase #1 roadway. Once the traffic switch is completed Phase #2 construction can begin.
 
Phase Time Frame As Defined in the Consolidated Transportation Program (Funded Year Displayed in CTP)
What's Involved? Estimate Begin Estimate Complete
Planning
Engineering Complete
Right-of-Way
Construction Summer 2016 Spring 2018
Completed Milestones
Planning Phase Begin Project Planning
  Alternates Public Workshop
  Location/Design Public Hearing
  Location/Design Approval
Engineering Phase Begin Preliminary Engineering
  Geometric Design Approval
  Final Engineering Complete
  Advertised for Bid    
Construction Phase For General Lane Closure Information click HERE
  Begin Construction (Notice To Proceed)
  Open to Traffic:
 
Status Updates
 
11/20/2017-Placement of Phase 1 Parapet Wall for US 15 Northbound Bridge #1009701 has been completed as well as roadway sub-base. Contractor is continuing Phase #1 roadway placement; they are currently placing Hot Mix Asphalt (blacktop) for upcoming traffic switch.

-For this upcoming month plans are in place to begin Phase #2 bridge construction. This involves a traffic switch that will include a left traffic shift over to the soon to be completed Phase #1 roadway. Once the traffic switch is completed Phase #2 construction can begin.
 
10/16/2017The bridge deck for US 15 Northbound has been completed. Crews prepare to place the parapet walls and then the roadway will be placed.

 
9/18/2017Crews have set structural steel for the new northbound bridge and have began the process of placing deck pans on the new steel. Once all deck pans are in place, crews will pour the concrete bridge deck.
 
8/15/2017Crews are preparing to set structural steel for the new bridge. The week of 8/21/17, crews will set the steel. When placing the steel, crews will close the roadway for 15 minute increments so that cranes can safely lift the steel.
 
6/23/2017As of June 23rd, Construction of bridge substructure at the south abutment continues. Construction of sub-foundation concrete and footing concrete has been completed on north abutment.
 
5/3/2017- Excavation and installation of support systems has been completed on the south abutment (bridge support). Sub foundation concrete has been placed and currently we are forming the south abutment.

- Excavation and installation of support systems continues on the north abutment.
 
3/21/2017As temperatures begin to increase, crews continue to construct bridge supports and complete excavation.
 
2/14/2017Excavation continues for the new section of the North bound bridge south abutment (support). Scheduled work is to begin this month on the North abutment (support).
 
1/30/2017Crews are now excavating on the north side of the bridge. A stabilization wall will be constructed to support widening and construction efforts.
 
12/19/2016Excavation has begun for roadway widening in the median along US 15 north bound on both sides of the existing bridge.
 
10/18/2016Crews recently completed demolition of the west portion of the bridge deck (riding surface.)
 
9/21/2016In an ongoing effort to improve work zone safety, the Maryland State Police (MSP) and the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will deploy the Maryland SafeZones Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) system along northbound US 15 (Catoctin Mountain Highway) at the MD 26 interchange in Frederick County.

Operators will use ASE cameras at the bridge replacement project over MD 26 to enforce the 55 mph speed limit in the construction zone. After a 21-day warning period, MSP will authorize citations starting Thursday, October 13. Drivers excessively speeding by 12 or more miles over the speed limit, or 67 mph or more, face a $40 civil citation.
 
8/16/2016Recently completed work:
- PHASE # 1 TRAFFIC SHIFT COMPLETE AND BARRIER WALL INSTALLED FOR WORK ZONE AS WELL AS SPEED ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE.

Current work items/areas:
- INSTALLING EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROLS (FOR EVNIORMENTAL CONTROL)

Upcoming work items/areas over the next month:
- DEMO. PHASE # 1, WEST SECTION OF BRIDGE, REMOVING EXISTING ROADWAY.
 
8/16/2016Motorists should expect periodic lane shifts (overnight) on US 15 between 10 P.M. and 6 A.M.

Work vehicles will be entering the work zone - please slow down and use caution.
 
7/13/20167/18/2016, traffic will shift on Northbound 15 between Motter Ave and MD 26. Please slow down and stay alert.

 
6/22/2016STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS BRIDGE REPLACEMENT AT US 15 OVER MD 26 IN FREDERICK COUNTY

Traffic Will Be Maintained During Construction; Motorist Advised to Slow Down and Stay Alert

(June 22, 2016) – On Tuesday, July 5 the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin a $5.8 million project to replace the US 15 Bridge over MD 26 (Liberty Road) in Frederick County. The project should be complete summer 2017, weather permitting.

The 59-year old steel girder bridge is safe, but has outlived its useful life and will be replaced. The project also includes replace concrete supports and piers, installing a new bridge deck (driving surface) and paving the bridge approaches.
Work will be complete in two phases to maintain all travel lanes for drivers throughout the project. The nearly 21,000 motorists that use the US 15 Bridge over MD 26 each day may encounter lane shifts and narrow travel lanes.

SHA’s contractor for the bridge replacement is Flippo Construction Company, Inc. of Forestville.

While SHA and its transportation 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. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.

A complete listing of current roadway projects is included in e-Road Ready 2016, the online brochure. Maryland drivers can also know before they go by calling 511 or visiting www.md511.org for live traffic updates, including construction delays and lane closures.

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1/1/2013Engineering underway. Construction to begin during current fiscal year.
 


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