Maryland to fix pipe that caused Route 50 sinkhole


The pipe that caused the sinkhole, repaired temporarily on the night of June 4, will be permanently fixed during the overnight closings.

 

[Wednesday update: The lane closings that had been scheduled for overnight Wednesday have been postponed because of the threat of thunderstorms, the Maryland State Highway Administration announced. See the Capital Weather Gang’s latest  forecast. The lane closings for Thursday remain on the schedule.]

Drivers near Annapolis will encounter overnight lane closings on eastbound Route 50 this week as workers repair the busted pipe that temporarily shut the highway during the afternoon rush June 4.

The road was patched up and reopened by the next morning. Now, the Maryland State Highway Administration plans to fix the partially collapsed pipe in a series of overnight operations so that it can once again be used for storm water drainage. Workers will use ground-penetrating radar to inspect the pipe, then they will repair it and patch the roadway.

The SHA said one eastbound lane at exit 22 (Aris T. Allen Boulevard) will be closed from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday. Then, during the same  periods  Wednesday and Thursday nights, the crews will close more lanes. At 8 o’clock each night, two lanes will close. At 10 p.m., the entire eastbound side will be shut. Detour signs will direct eastbound traffic to Aris T. Allen Boulevard, then bring it back onto Route 50 past the work zone.

The work is dependent on good weather, and the Capital Weather Gang forecast includes some potential for storms over the next several days. If work is delayed, the job will be finished overnight Saturday, the SHA said. No work will be scheduled for Friday night, because the shore-bound traffic is likely to be heavy.

The work should not affect traffic on the westbound side of Route 50.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.

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