State unclogs beach traffic bottleneck ahead of schedule

Westbound lanes of U.S. 50 bridge over U.S. 301 opened

April 19, 2013|By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun

An Eastern Shore construction bottleneck has been unclogged, just in time for beach traffic.

Both westbound lanes of the U.S. 50 bridge over U.S. 301 opened to traffic Friday, several weeks ahead of schedule, the Maryland State Highway Administration announced.

Crews expedited work on the $2.8 million project by closing one of the two lanes late last September after the summer traffic abated. More than 44,000 vehicles on average use that stretch of U.S. 50 daily, volume that increases by 30 to 40 percent on summer weekends.

The deck and steel support beams were replaced on the 63-year-old bridge to extend the life of the overpass by 40 years. Off-peak lane closures will continue through fall so that crews can finish their work.

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