The end of Clarke Boulevard at Route 1 in Halethorpe will close for at least one year starting this week, as the State Highway Administration begins reconstruction of the Washington Boulevard intersection over CSX Transportation rail lines.
The work is part of a $26 million project to replace the Route 1/Washington Boulevard Bridge, according to a news release from SHA. The new structure will be 120 feet longer and 4 feet higher to enable CSX Transportation to add future rail lines and a rail maintenance service lane. Built in 1929, the steel girder bridge is safe for travel but has outlived its useful service life, SHA states.
Crews will implement a 24/7 closure and detour of the southern end of Clarke Boulevard at Washington Boulevard starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
During the detour, local residents on Clarke Boulevard and side roads in the Wynnewood, Relay and Huntsmoor South communities will use the following routes to and from the bridge: Clarke Boulevard to Selford Road to Francis Avenue to Oregon / Carville Avenue to Tom Day Boulevard to Route 1 Alternate (Southwestern Boulevard) to Route 1 (Washington Boulevard) at Clarke Boulevard.
The bridge will remain open to all traffic with temporary lane closures. The intersection construction work is expected to be completed by late spring 2022.
The new structure will accommodate wider shoulders for traffic on the bridge, as well as a new left-turn lane from northbound Route 1 to Clarke Boulevard. The bridge project also includes new retaining walls along Route 1 and reconstruction of the Clarke Boulevard intersection to accommodate the new left-turn traffic movement, according to the project’s website. The entire project is expected to be complete by fall 2022.
Approximately 18,200 vehicles travel on the Washington Boulevard section of Route 1 between the I-195 interchange and Clarke Boulevard each day, according to SHA.