|Looking east on University Blvd over the bridge. These cones and barrels have been in place since the summer. Photo by the author.|
Christopher Bishop, who is the SHA's community liaison for our area, explained that the project has gone into partial shutdown while Pepco contractors relocate some power poles near the bridge. Mr. Bishop could not give me a date for when this would be completed or for when construction would resume. However, he did send me some useful links, such as this project page and this press release.
I was walking over the bridge about a month ago and I saw the contractors at work. I have not seen much action since then. Hopefully this means that Pepco is finished relocating their utility poles and that the SHA can resume their side of the project soon.
|Pepco contractors at work on the bridge in December. Photo by the author.|
There is a local example of what these lane shifts might look like. The same type of project is currently underway on New Hampshire Avenue in Takoma Park. The bridge over Sligo Creek is being replaced and the road has been reduced to 2 lanes and shifted for construction. Lane shifts that happen on University Boulevard for this project will probably be similar to those currently in place on New Hampshire Avenue."Drivers should be alert of changing traffic patterns within the work zone (from US 29 Colesville Road to the Beltway interchange) for the duration of the project. Drivers should expect intermittent temporary single and double lane closures on MD 193 and single, double and triple lane road and shoulder closures and work on ramps at the MD 193/I-495 exchange.There will be no detours of the project as traffic will simply be shifted to one side o the bridge, then the other, once demolition and construction phase for halves of the bridge begins."
The University Boulevard bridge replacement project is estimated to cost $12,401,000.
I will provide further updates when work resumes.