Bypass ramp near Centre to close for 3 months

Beginning this weekend, the State Highway Administration will close the Route 13 South (Salisbury Boulevard) ramp to to the Salisbury Bypass for the summer.

The ramp will be closed for three months and is necessary, SHA officials said, to ensure the safety of workers and motorists during repairs to the ramp bridge over Salisbury Boulevard.

The ramp is the one drivers would use to leave north Salisbury and the Centre At Salisbury mall area to head to Ocean City or east Salisbury.

Crews will post detour signs to direct drivers to take the Route 13 south ramp to the Route 50 Bypass west. There, driver would exit at Naylor Mill Road and Essentially U-turn onto the Salisbury Bypass heading south/east.

This detour will add approximately 5 miles to the trip.

Temporary traffic signals will be installed at the Naylor Mill Road ramps to improve safety and facilitate traffic flow during the detour.

SHA officials said that, with good weather, the work will be completed by September.

Replacement of the Bypass ramp bridge end sections is part of the two-year, $24 million Salisbury Bypass 11-bridge rehabilitation project.

In May, workers completed similar repairs to the northbound bridges over Route 50 and Old Ocean City Road, as well as repairs to the bridge over Norfolk-Southern Railroad.

Work on the northbound bridges over Mount Hermon Road and Parker Pond will continue into the summer.

Nearly 40,000 vehicles including a large percentage of commercial trucks use the Bypass each day.


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