Ocean City Today

Coastal closes two lanes for median fence

SHA contractor needs time, space to finish
Jan 25, 2018
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(Jan. 26, 2018) While the closure of the left lanes on both the northbound and southbound sides of Coastal Highway are old news to offseason resort travelers during business hours, the State Highway Administration announced last week the closures would become permanent until work is completed — expected in May.

The closures were to facilitate work including installing a median fence, meant to force pedestrians to use designated crosswalks, between 26th Street and 62nd Street.

“The ongoing lane closure will allow for our work crews to work a bit later, or earlier … but it also allows them to keep their projects ‘open,’ meaning that they do not have to patch holes, or remove equipment when they are finished work for the day,” Tanesha Hankerson, State Highway Administration spokeswoman said.

Hankerson said work crews have finished installing electrical conduit to support the installation of streetlights in the median as well as removing the curbs and gutters.

She said crews are not expected to extend work hours at this point, but that might become necessary closer to the project’s estimated May completion date.

The LED light poles to be installed will be placed in the median between the convention center and 62nd Street, will be 40 feet tall, and the arms holding the physical lights will vary between four and 10 feet in length. Crews finished installing the foundations for the poles last week, Hankerson said.

Work has not yet begun on the fence itself, she said.

George & Lynch Inc. of Dover, Delaware, has been contracted by the Maryland Department of Transportation and the State Highway Administration to complete the $6.5 million project.

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