Route 11 Bridge Painting Project, MD State Highway Administration
The National Park Service, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP, will issue a permit to the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) for a cleaning and painting project on the Route 11 highway bridge, Williamsport, MD. This project is similar in scope to previous SHA projects, most recently project PEPC # 24098.
The project will involve the establishment of swing scaffold from the bridge superstructure. A containment system will be installed to prevent air borne particulates and debris from impacting the park and its people. The park will remain open at all times. Air and soil monitoring will be approved to take place upon final design review. There may be a need for SHA project staff to access the park for monitoring activities or to provide flaggers on the towpath during scaffold installation/removal. Flaggers may need to temporarily halt visitors, not to exceed 5 minutes, during scaffold installation and removal, for safety. Any towpath closures exceeding 5 minutes will need pre-approval from the park superintendent and a designated detour will need to be established.
The park's Interdisciplinary Team reviewed the project for impacts to natural and cultural resources. The project does not pose any serious or long-term effects to the environmental, historical, cultural, archeological, or visual resources. A memo to the file has been issued, based on previous project compliance.
The project also meets the National Historic Preservation Act/Section 106 Programmatic Agreement, Streamlined Review Criteria #1 – Preservation Maintenance and Repair of Historic Properties, and #3 – Repair/Resurfacing/Removal of Existing Roads, Trails and Parking Areas.
For further information regarding this project, please contact the Permit Coordinator, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP, 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740.