Category: Best Use of Innovation, small.
The Maryland State Highway Administration’s $16.5-million project on Interstate 70 over Conococheague Creek improved safety conditions for the 56,000 motorists and commercial trucks that utilize the crossing daily. The project rehabilitated a deteriorating bridge while widening the bridge shoulders for motorists to pull over in case of emergencies, or for future expansion of the highway. Plagued with routine patchwork, repair-related delays, and reduced speeds with the old bridge, the new bridge provides a safe and stable crossing. Maryland SHA and construction crews had to think of an innovative solution fast when unforeseen cracks in the pavement of the old structure were discovered during the construction, posing a risk to motorists. With their focus on minimizing inconveniences and improving the safety of motorists, project crews fixed the issue without causing construction-related delays or loss of travel lanes.