New 45 mph Limit Reflects Increased Work Zone Activity as Bridge Project Nears Completion
On Tuesday, February 13, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will temporarily reduce the work zone speed limit on the US 13/US 50 Salisbury Bypass from 55 to 45 mph. The new speed limit will apply to northbound and southbound directions throughout the bridge rehabilitation work zone from just south of Parker Pond to just north of the Norfolk Southern Railroad overpass.
The speed reduction is necessary for worker and motorist safety due to increased activity at multiple locations. Motorists should be alert for additional trucks and construction equipment entering and exiting the highway as crews enter the final phase of the $24 million project to rehabilitate 11 bridges in two years. Remaining work includes setting steel beams and forming and pouring the concrete abutments, walls and bridge decks for the end sections of the southbound bridges over MD 346 (Old Ocean City Road), US 50 (Ocean Gateway) and MD 350 (Mt. Hermon Road).
This project remains on schedule for completion in May. MDOT SHA reduced the Bypass work zone speed limit from 65 to 55 mph when the project began in 2016. The reduction to 45 mph will remain in place through project completion. For more information about the overall project, click here: http://apps.roads.maryland.gov/WebProjectLifeCycle/ProjectInformation.aspx?projectno=WI2145122
While MDOT 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. For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, click on Road Ready, MDOT SHA’s electronic construction brochure. For a look at real-time commute conditions, log onto www.md511.org.