Bridge Repair along Ocean Parkway, Clubhouse Drive Continues

Construction is now underway on two bridges in Ocean Pines, one is located on Clubhouse Drive, the other on Ocean Parkway. Both bridges were built about 50 years ago and were in need of repairs.

Murtech Inc., a Salisbury-based company, has completed under-bridge-repairs and started sidewalk/railing replacement for the Clubhouse Drive Bridge. Traffic is restricted to a single lane along Clubhouse Drive, heading to the Golf Club. Construction workers with Murtech Inc. will work on one side of the bridge at a time. Under-bridge-repairs for the Ocean Parkway Bridge have now begun.

According to a report released by facilities manager Jerry Aveta in October, the Clubhouse Drive Bridge had about one third of its steel and concrete underneath the bridge repaired. Deterioration was not as bad as expected in some cases. Contracted workers have peeled the utilities back by excavating the area near the bridge to gain access. A temporary steel structure was put in place and the utilities were temporarily moved, which enabled the contractor access to the bridge railings for removal.

Anticipated completion of the repair project for both bridges is approximately Wednesday, February 1, 2017, depending on the impact of weather on construction schedule. The Ocean Pines Board of Directors voted unanimously to grant a contract to Murtech Inc. at its April 28 meeting.

For more information, contact Denise Sawyer, director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or dsawyer@oceanpines.org.

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