Maryland,  Quality of Life Benefits of Transportation,  Shortened Travel Time

Severn River Bridge (US 50/301) Transformation Brings Regional Benefits

The $22.8 million Severn River Bridge project on US 50 near Annapolis transformed the bridge, bringing major regional benefits for more than 126,000 daily motorists. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) provided a design solution to add a continuous eastbound lane along US 50 between MD 70 and MD 2/MD 450, all within the existing footprint of the bridge and the connecting approaches. This project used a unique construction approach to ease drivers’ rides, maintaining travel lanes during construction by incorporating a precast median barrier for the permanent condition and maintenance of traffic on the 2,900’ long bridge and its approach. The additional new lane improved traffic flow and incident management and, thus, substantially relieved congestion. This project demonstrated the importance of using Practical Design principles and innovation to deliver a cost-effective project that improves reliability, operations, and safety, and benefits the traveling public.

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