Work to begin soon on Monocacy Boulevard

September 19, 2017 by  

Frederick’s public works director, Zack Kershner, recently announced that a stretch of Monocacy Boulevard will be closed to facilitate work on the bridge over the Monocacy River.

The road will be closed from the East Church Street/Schifferstadt Boulevard intersection to Gas House Pike.

Improvements to this part of the road, which is about a mile long, include raising the road and widening it to four lanes, and adding a second bridge over the Monocacy River, adjacent to the extant structure. The city will also add a traffic signal at Monocacy Boulevard and Gas House Pike.

Some of the improvements have already been made, including adding culverts, improving drainage, and constructing foundations for the planned bridge.

The road will be closed for almost 18 months, and will reopen upon completion of the project, which is expected to cost $21.7m. The city asked for additional bids after the first three came in above the $16.7m anticipated for the project.

The extended closure has some residents concerned. East Frederick Rising’s president Julia Ferguson, said the group will discuss the project with Frederick officials to find out why the closure is so long.

The project has a projected starting date of October 14, which is when the road will close. It should reopen in approximately June 2019.

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