CRUMPTON — Two weeks’ worth of work to make improvements to the Route 290 bridge over the Chester River between Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties is due to begin on Monday, June 8, weather permitting.
The State Highway Administration said the work will include concrete repairs and the resurfacing of the two-lane bridge deck that are designed to make for a smoother ride and extend the life of the span.
“Recognizing the importance of this bridge to agriculture, SHA scheduled the approximately two-week project to minimize the impacts of farming operations,” the agency said in a statement.
Repairs will be done on one lane at a time with flaggers directing traffic. Each lane is expected to take about a week to complete, according to SHA. While the work is underway, one travel lane will be open for legal-width loads, and while wide loads and farm equipment may be able to get through during certain phases of the work, SHA said it can’t guarantee passage of such vehicles.
“Wide load drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and seek alternate routes if necessary June 8 to 22,” the SHA statement said.
This work, along with substructure repairs and painting that were done earlier beneath the deck, is expected to extend the life of the two-lane span by 20 to 30 years, the agency said. It should also minimize the need for frequent deck patching and reduce maintenance costs, according to SHA.
The bridge, which is 364 feet long, was built in 1950 and carries about 2,000 vehicles a day. It is a “vital link for farmers moving large equipment during the planting and harvesting seasons,” SHA said.
The contractor for the $200,000 project is Covington Machine and Welding of Annapolis. SHA urges motorists to drive safely through work zones.