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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 21, 2013

Contact:          Cheryl Sparks or Kelly Melhem

 410-537-1017

 

GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES $50 MILLION

TO REPLACE NICE BRIDGE OVER POTOMAC RIVER

Funds for design and right of way advance project

to replace 72-year-old, two-lane bridge

 

BALTIMORE, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Board has approved an additional $50 million in its final six-year capital program (FY 2014 – FY 2019) to fund initial design and right-of-way acquisition for the project to replace the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301), which connects Charles County, Md., and King George County, Va., across the Potomac River. 

“Together, with the support of local elected officials and federal partners, we are making a significant down payment on a wider, safer and more pedestrian-friendly Nice Bridge,” said Governor O’Malley.  “Southern Maryland residents have long waited for a new bridge, and this $50 million investment brings the new bridge one step closer to reality.  There is more work to be done, but I commend the leadership of U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer and Maryland Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton for working with the State to advance this crucial project.”

The new four-lane bridge will be built parallel to, and north of, the existing bridge.  The new bridge also will have a two-way bicycle / pedestrian path.  The existing bridge will be removed upon completion of the new bridge.  A designated path on each shore will guide bicyclists and pedestrians to the appropriate outside shoulder along US 301.  Currently, 17,900 vehicles cross the bridge each day, with traffic projected to increase to 37,000 vehicles per day by 2030.  The planning phase of the project was completed in fall 2012.

“I’m pleased Governor O’Malley announced today $50 million in funding for design and right-of-way acquisition for the Nice Bridge replacement, which will benefit Southern Maryland residents, businesses, and commuters once completed,” stated Congressman Hoyer. “Improving our infrastructure and ensuring that it is safer and more user-friendly is critically important to spurring economic growth in our communities. I thank the O’Malley-Brown Administration for making the bridge replacement a top priority and look forward to working with the Administration, the Maryland Congressional Delegation, Senator Mac Middleton, and others to see this replacement through to completion.”

“I am immensely grateful for the Transportation Authority’s action to allocate $50 million to the Harry Nice Bridge project,” said Senator Middleton.  “This is one giant step in making the bridge replacement a reality. I will continue to work with the Authority to move this project forward as money becomes available and appreciate that it has been identified as their number one expansion priority.”

With today’s announcement, the MDTA plans to spend $56.1 million between fiscal years 2014-2019 for initial design and the purchase of right of way needed in both Maryland and Virginia for a new Nice Bridge. The initial design work will determine the type of bridge structure and where the bridge’s support piers would be placed in the Potomac River, among other design elements.

Construction of the new bridge is estimated to cost nearly $1 billion.  The project is not currently funded for construction.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 9, 2013

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

Facility:  (US 301) Nice Memorial Bridge

                             CLEANING & PAINTING PROJECT BEGINS ON NICE BRIDGE

Overnight Flagging Operations Start On Or About April 15

BALTIMORE, MD – The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces a $13.7 million cleaning, painting and repair project for the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301), which connects Charles County, Md., and King George County, Va., across the Potomac River.  This preservation project, funded completely by toll revenue, is part of the MDTA’s commitment to preserving and maintaining the State’s aging toll bridges, tunnels and highways.

Beginning on or about April 15, the Nice Bridge will be reduced to one lane with flagging operations alternating northbound and southbound traffic during the following overnight off-peak hours: Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning and Friday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.

Daytime flagging operations are now taking place at the Nice Bridge for annual inspections.  Once inspections are complete, daytime flagging operations will begin for this project during the following off-peak hours: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trucks greater than 10-feet wide will not be permitted to cross the bridge during flagging operations.  Every effort will be made to cross all vehicles exceeding 10-feet from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Drivers of vehicles exceeding the width restriction must call 301-259-4444 to obtain approval and schedule an escort.  Calls must be made one hour prior to arrival at the bridge and will only be accepted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Construction is expected to last approximately two years.  Blastech Enterprises, Inc., of Baltimore will clean/paint and repair portions of the existing structural steel.  Work also includes repairing and sealing the concrete bridge deck and replacing the catwalk and ladder system under the bridge’s main span.

Portable and overhead electronic message signs will display travel information.  For information on the MDTA’s other facility preservation projects, or to view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  For statewide travel conditions, visit MD511.ORG or call 511.

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The MDTA thanks its customers for their patience and reminds them to Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!!

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