"Do you have any information on the construction on the bridge over the Monocacy, Route 28 in Frederick County?"
The project to rehabilitate the 88-year-old steel truss bridge over the Monocacy Scenic River was funded in 2018 and construction began that summer. Initially, Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration engineers had hoped rehabilitation would only take eight months.
The current replacement of the driving surface and bridge piers is now expected to continue into 2020. Beginning next week, a new traffic pattern will allow crews to expedite the work.
The bridge will be closed this weekend while a concrete jersey wall is installed down the center of the bridge. One lane of traffic is scheduled to open on Md. Route 28 by Monday, at which time drivers will take turns driving across the Monocacy River and through the work zone in a single file, one direction at a time.
Temporary traffic signals will guide traffic through the work zone. The alternating of northbound and southbound traffic is expected to continue into next spring. Additional weekend closures are possible through next year as well.
MDOT urges through-drivers to use Routes 80, 85 and 109 during the closures. Local traffic may make use of Park Mills Road and Lily Pons Road, the only nearby roads that span the river.
On Saturday, a portion of Md. Route 355 near the Monocacy River is also scheduled to be closed for storm drain pipe replacement.
Beginning at 6 a.m., northbound and southbound traffic on Route 355 will be detoured onto Araby Church Road, which has intersections on both sides of the failing pipe. The pipe is six feet below ground and the work is expected to take no more than a day to complete.
South of Darnestown, River Road remains closed for emergency roadwork between Maidens Bower Drive and Esworthy Road. The stretch of River Road could remain closed through next week.