AEGIS STAFF REPORT
1:05 PM EST, November 9, 2011
The Maryland State Highway Administration has postponed the planned closure of Route 1 at Conowingo Dam until Monday, Nov. 14, the agency said Wednesday, citing weather concerns.
The SHA had planned to close part of Route 1 at Conowingo Dam all day Thursday in order to resurface and repair highway damage at the intersection of Routes 1 and Route 222 (Rock Spring Road) caused by a fuel tanker truck accident and spill Oct. 26.
The same work will now be done Monday because inclement weather was forecast for Thursday, SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar said.
Monday’s closing will involve lengthy detours around the dam, and crews will still be scheduled to work on the site between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The SHA also continues to advise morning commuters that the detour will be in place by 7:30 a.m.
Both directions of Route 1 at the dam will be closed for the repair work, according to an SHA news release.
Southbound motorists on Route 1 in Cecil County traveling into Harford County will follow a 22-mile detour during the daytime work. These motorists will be directed from Route 1 to Route 276 (Jacob Tome Highway) to southbound on Route 275 (Perry Lawn Drive) for 2.2 miles, then follow Route 222 (Bainbridge Road) southbound for 1.7 miles and then travel on westbound Route 40 (Pulaski Highway) across the Hatem Memorial toll bridge into Harford County.
Cecil County and Harford County road crews will use variable message signs and detour signs to direct travelers along the detour route.
Motorists in Harford County traveling northbound on US 1 will be directed to Route 543 to reach northbound I-95 or Route 40 eastbound to either the Tydings or Hatem bridges respectively.
SHA said it expects to complete resurfacing in one day. No alternate date has been announced if the weather won’t permit the work to be done Monday.
The dam roadway was closed for more than two days following the Oct. 26 accident in which the tanker truck hit a barrier entering the east side dam of the dam in Cecil County, where it overturned and burst into flames.
The $19,000 repair project has been awarded to Harmony Construction of Md., Inc., of Wilmington, Del.
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