Closure and Detour Needed to Replace Pipe One-Half Mile West of US 50 in Talbot County
To expedite replacement of a deteriorated stream crossing, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is closing MD 404 (Queen Anne Highway) at Always Inn Lane in Wye Mills for approximately two weeks beginning today. SHA will detour traffic using US 50 (Ocean Gateway), MD 662 (Old Wye Mills Road) and MD 213 (College Drive). Motorists should follow detour signs. Crews will maintain local access construction. This work will not impact MD 404 traffic east of US 50, where a project to widen 9.2 miles has been underway since summer.
SHA’s contractor will replace two deteriorating metal pipes carrying a branch of Wye River with a single reinforced concrete pipe approximately 40-feet long. To ensure safety while placing a precast headwall, the contractor may have to de-energize power lines in the area for a few hours. The local power utility will provide advance notice of any planned outage.
(SHA photo: Aging, deteriorated culvert pipes carrying a branch of the Wye River under MD 404.)
SHA awarded the $250,000 contract to David A. Bramble of Chestertown. Performing this work under a closure and detour will dramatically reduce construction time and improve safety for workers and motorists.
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. Maryland drivers can also know before they go by calling 511 or visiting www.md511.org for live traffic updates, including construction delays and lane closures.