Road repairs underway on Eastern Avenue
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:36

Project runs from North Point Boulevard to Diamond Point

 by Ben Boehl

    The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) has been busy in the Dundalk area. The SHA has been making improvements to Merritt Boulevard since last October and is now making improvements to Eastern Avenue, which is designated as MD 150. 
    The $3.6 million project will focus on the stretch of Eastern Avenue from the North Point Boulevard interchange eastward to Diamond Point Road, just before the Back River Bridge.
    The project includes resurfacing Eastern Avenue, installing concrete bus pads to protect pavement deterioration from heavy buses; replacing concrete curbs and gutters; reconstructing sidewalk ramps to meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards; installing new guardrails and repairing eroded roadside slopes.
    The SHA said motorists should expect delays and lane closures; the first round of those delays were felt on July 16. Crews started the project by replacing the concrete curbs and gutters and installing new guardrail along the ramp that connects eastbound Eastern Avenue to southbound North Point Boulevard. The ramp has been closed and will not reopen until Aug. 1. 

The SHA has posted detour signs to direct drivers to the Eastern Avenue/North Point Boulevard interchange to northbound North Point Boulevard to westbound Eastern Avenue and back to southbound North Point Boulevard.
    The SHA estimates that 29,000 vehicles use Eastern Avenue daily and says cones, barrels and construction signs will help guide motorists through the work zone.
    According to the SHA, motorists could see one-lane closures on Eastern Avenue Monday though Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There could be two lanes between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays.
    Motorists are advised to plan extra travel time.  The entire project is slated for completion in late spring 2015, weather permitting.