After two decades of being closed to traffic, Razor Strap Road bridge will be replaced.
According to Chief of Engineering and Construction, Phil Muzik from Cecil's Department of Public Works, this project has long been in the planning stages.
"The design was started 12 or 13 years ago. Now we have major subdivisions in that area," said Muzik. The contract for that work is expected to be awarded in early summer of 2017.
Projects currently under construction in the county are a culvert on Star Route Road and a bridge on Reservoir Road.
Dix Hollow construction is completing the Star Route project at a cost of $128,440. That work is running ahead of schedule and should be completed by the end of October.
JJID bid to replace a bridge on Reservoir Road. That work started August 22 and should be completed by December 18. The cost for the work and the pre-cast bridge is $691,313. Last year, work was completed on the western culvert on Reservoir Road.
Brawner construction is working on replacing a 20 foot bridge, drainage, and stormwater on Waibel Road. That work began in early June and should be completed by January 15. Work is on schedule.
Projects on the drawing board and in the design phase for the county are upgrades to both Lums and Old Chestnut roads.
And while county road projects are underway and being planned, the first of three new Cecil County roundabouts is under construction as the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration moves to improve safety and efficiency at intersections along Route 273 (Telegraph Road) and MD 281 (Red Hill Road).
In Fair Hill, work is underway to convert the Route 273/Appleton Road intersection from flashing traffic control devices to a roundabout. Construction includes extensive drainage work, grading, paving, concrete channel/splitter islands, as well as lighting and landscaping. The nearly 8,000 motorists traveling this stretch of Route 273 each day will see the project completed in spring of 2018. Allan Myers is the contractor, construction is valued at $2.1 million.
Allan Myers is also constructing a roundabout at the intersection of Route 281 and Muddy Lane, Elkton. That will replace the current three way intersection, improving safety and efficiency for the 6,400 motorists traveling in this area every day. Utility relocations are nearly complete and construction is scheduled to begin this fall with completion by spring 2018. Construction value is $3.1 million.
Just west of the Appleton Road project, Congressional Contracting will replace the existing two-way stop with a roundabout at Route 273 and Blue Ball Road intersection. Utility relocations are ongoing and construction is scheduled to begin this fall with completion by spring 2018. The work is valued at $2.4 million.
Each intersection will be converted to an all way stop during construction.