RISING SUN — Representatives with the Maryland State Highway Administration recently walked the length of Main Street with town elected officials to see what drivers deal with every day.
Commissioner Pauline Braun, the board of town commissioners representative tasked with overseeing streets and sidewalks, said SHA agreed that the stretch of Route 273 known as East and West Main Street through Rising Sun, needs work to address potholes, splitting and other degradation. Robert Rager, SHA spokesman, said it’s not considered emergency repairs.
“We understand the urgency and are using district engineer funds ... to move this along quickly,” Rager said via email Wednesday.
Allan Myers is doing the job, which Rager said will involve the use of 1,000 tons of asphalt.
Some sections of the road have been patched so many times that drivers try to avoid them altogether. In other sections, the surface of the pavement is peeling away and gaps are forming between the road and the curb.
It’s both good news and bad news, Braun said of the project to begin Friday and run through the weekend.
“They will be doing the work from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., so it will be less impact to the town,” Braun said.
Weather-permitting, the patching should be complete in three nights. However, drivers should anticipate one lane of traffic, with flaggers and a police presence ensuring a safe flow of vehicles.
The work is expected to be finished by Monday morning, but that’s only the first phase. Phase two is scheduled for the following month.
“Then the SHA will come back July 12 and do a curb-to-curb overlay,” Braun said.
According to Rager, Route 273 became a state road in 1923, when it was miles of concrete.
“The first asphalt overlay was done in 1955 and the last resurfacing was 2005,” he said referring to Rising Sun’s streetscape project that included the installation of new infrastructure, wider sidewalks, street lighting and paving.
About 5,600 vehicles use Route 273 through Rising Sun each day, Rager said.