Dover Bridge Construction On Track For Completion
The 83 year old Dover Bridge is getting an additional span to bear the traffic loads while it gets a facelift.
A modern 2,021-foot long, 44-foot wide, 50-foot high fixed span bridge along MD 331 over the Choptank River will span between Talbot and Caroline Counties, Maryland.
The new bridge will feature concrete granite lined river foundations supported by 48-inch steel pipe piles, crews said. The substructure will have hammerhead caps and columns with architectural concrete that features marshland and wildlife accents. The superstructure will consist of haunched structural steel girders over the river and adjacent spans. The approach spans over the marshland will be founded on 36-inch steel pipe piles with concrete caps and prestressed concrete girders.
Ground was broken for the new bridge in October 2014 nearly 20 years after American Corner resident George Jackson and former state Sen. Richard Colburn lobbied for a new Dover Bridge.
The project could cost more than $64 million.
The bridge was built in 1932 and has had a host of mechanical and structural problems in its time.
Completion is expected by late 2018, according to crews.