Industrial Boulevard bridge work may force lane closures

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Cumberland Times-News, December 19, 2012, Michael A. Sawyers

CUMBERLAND — The two-year project to rehabilitate the Interstate 68 bridge that spans Cumberland includes work on the state Route 51 bridge that carries Industrial Boulevard overtop the CSX railroad tracks between Wineow and Lamont streets.

Titan Industrial Services Inc., Baltimore, has been chosen for the nearly $14 million project. The work on the Route 51 bridge accounts for $2 million of that total cost.

Whereas the I-68 work is expected to cause inconveniences to businesses, residents and motorists, the work at Industrial Boulevard is projected to be less of a speed bump to the daily routine.

“The work on the MD 51 Bridge over CSX railroad and Canal Parkway is very similar to what will be done on the Crosstown Bridge,” said State Highway Administration spokeswoman Heather Keels in an email.

There will be repairs to concrete and steel below the bridge, painting of the steel and wrapping of the piers with a fiber material, according to Keels. Other work includes the replacement of roadway joints, repair to curbs and sidewalk, and patching and overlaying the driving surface.

The schedule for the work is still being developed and SHA will present detailed information at a public meeting, according to Keels.

At various times, the work will require lane closures on Route 51, which will be scheduled for off-peak hours to minimize impacts upon traffic. A temporary detour for Canal Parkway may also become necessary, depending upon work details that are still being finalized by Titan, according to Keels.

The project is not expected to interrupt railroad operations, but SHA and the contractor are working with CSX because there will be reduced clearance under the bridge during the project.

Contact Michael A. Sawyers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .