NEWBURG, Md. – The Nice/Middleton Bridge is now under construction. Many boaters are speeding through the construction area creating large wakes. This is a major hazard for workers who are working on the river or are in manlifts 175 feet in the air. Large wakes cause work platforms to swing violently. This can also be hazardous to boaters as they travel the waterway.
MAKE NO WAKE
- Slow down
- Use extreme caution
- Steer clear of construction vessels
Construction impacts on drivers and boaters are anticipated to be minimal because the new bridge is being built alongside the old bridge and the navigational channel will remain open and marked at all times.
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The MDTA thanks its customers for their patience and reminds them to Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!
About the Project
The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is replacing the existing Nice-Middleton Bridge with a new bridge that will:
- Double the vehicle capacity with four 12-foot-wide lanes, replacing the old bridge’s two 11-foot-wide lanes
- Improve safety by installing a barrier-separated median between east- and westbound lanes, adding two-foot shoulders and other improvements that meet current safety standards
- Eliminate lane-shifting safety issues at toll booths by replacing them with all-electronic tolling
- Enable tall ships to pass beneath its 135-foot clearance
The new bridge is expected to open in early 2023, at which time the old bridge will be torn down, a process that will carry into 2024.
Under MDTA’s supervision, the $463 million design-build job is being performed by Skanska, Corman and McLean (SCM), a joint venture comprised of firms with local ties.