Resurfacing of 14-mile I-83 stretch set to begin

Project to be finished next spring, officials say

April 29, 1999|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF

The commute to work from Pennsylvania and northern Baltimore County is about to get longer.

Starting early next month, highway crews will resurface a 14-mile stretch of Interstate 83 between Shawan Road and the Pennsylvania line and replace the northbound bridge over Quaker Bottom Road.

More than 48,000 people travel I-83 each day to get to jobs in Hunt Valley, Towson and Baltimore, say State Highway Administration officials.

For the next several months, motorists will have to contend with lane and ramp closures as crews remove and resurface I-83, upgrade ramps and guardrails and add grooved pavement along the shoulder to warn motorists when they have left the travel lane.

The bridge over Shawan Road and the southbound I-83 bridge over Quaker Bottom Road will be resurfaced, and the 46-year-old northbound I-83 bridge over Quaker Bottom Road will be replaced with an 82-foot-long, single-span steel bridge, highway officials said.

Joseph B. Fay Co. of Baltimore received the $5.5 million contract for the seven-mile project between Shawan and Mount Carmel roads.

The $3 million contract to repave seven miles between Middletown Road and the Pennsylvania line was awarded to LaFarge Corp. of Towson.

Both projects are to be finished in spring 2000, highway officials said.

During the work, I-83 ramps might be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Single lanes might be closed on I-83, except on weekends, when the road will remain open.

Single-lane closures might occur along Shawan Road between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Two lanes on Shawan might be closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Single lanes might be closed on Quaker Bottom Road between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 9 p.m and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Motorists will be guided through the work zone and detours with message boards, concrete traffic barriers and barrels, highway officials said.

Pub Date: 4/29/99

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