Updated: Construction Crews Will Shift Lanes on Route 40 Bridge Starting Wednesday

Once shifts are complete, traffic will move on temporary bridges.

(UPDATED) Crews with the State Highway Administration are going to shift some of the traffic onto one of the temporary bridges on Route 40 constructed over the Patapsco River starting this Wednesday.

An earlier version of the article stated that the shift would happen Friday, but Thursday's rain caused the project to be pushed back to next week.

Starting Friday at 7 p.m., crews will close one of two lanes heading east over the Route 40 bridge between Baltimore and Howard counties.

By Monday at 5 a.m., all of the traffic heading east will have moved to one of the temporary bridges constructed over the river. Traffic heading west will be shifted onto the second bridge.

The project will be moved back to Dec. 19 if there is inclement weather.  Once the eastbound and westbound traffic shifts are complete, all four lanes of traffic on Route 40 will be open on the temporary bridges.

Entrances to Patapsco Valley State Park from Route 40 will continue to remain open during construction, but pedestrians and cyclists will not have access to the temporary bridges.

Gina December 08, 2011 at 01:00 PM
when I say "what ever they are doing" I mean with the new road part that has those tall rails (right side of the pic) I know they are replacing the bridge! LOL
Brandie Jefferson December 08, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Gina, I've come across this same situation, it seems like there are only two ways to get through Ellicott City -- Main St. and Route 40. If anyone knows another route, let me in on it!!
Gina December 08, 2011 at 04:35 PM
I know you can go down river road and take it to thistle road and that puts you out some where by rt 108 but we were trying to get to the mall area so that would have put us out just as far in the end it probably would have been faster since we ended up getting on the beltway and taking that to 70 and then to 29 it's the river that makes it so hard to get to the other side it's a shame there isn't another cut through somewhere along that joined the communities together. Cause right now the roads leading there are so small that any minor issues turns into a major traffic jam!
Readig December 14, 2011 at 05:40 PM
If you're coming from Baltimore County you can make a right onto Fairbrook road off of Rolling Rd (just before Security Mall) take it to the end it will put you onto... can't think of the name of that road but it comes to a “T” you'll make a left go over the bridge and keep on that road you'll come around the roundabout to the 2nd turn and that will put you back to Rt. 40 at the Honda dealership. Hope this helps.
David Buck December 14, 2011 at 06:03 PM
Update from SHA. Shift on EB US 40 moved to Thursday, weather permitting (60 percent chance of rain and since we need dry pavement to put down new line markings, it very well may happen Friday). Couple days of rain late last week pushed us back a day so it's a go for Thursday 12/15 if weather allows. David Buck - SHA


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