News Release, Office of the Maryland Lieutenant Governor
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today joined Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Chairman and Transportation Secretary Greg Slater to visit the site of the new Nice/Middleton Bridge (US 301) project.
The site visit was conducted with COVID-19 safety measures in place and via boat, with MDTA Chief Engineer Will Pines showing Lt. Governor Rutherford the existing structure, before boarding one of the five cranes positioned in the Potomac River. The cranes, with booms of up to 200 feet, are responsible for driving piles weighing as much as 270,000 pounds into the river bottom to support the foundations of the new bridge. Pile driving operations began July 17, 2020 and are expected to be completed in Summer 2021.
“It was great to have the chance to meet the men and women responsible for delivering world-class infrastructure like the New Nice/Middleton Bridge project,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “We’re looking forward to joining our local, state and federal partners for an official groundbreaking ceremony when COVID-19 restrictions ease.”
The Hogan-Rutherford Administration has long been committed to replacing the nearly 80-year-old structure, which has reached the end of its service life. When it opens by early 2023, the New Nice/Middleton Bridge will be a wider and safer link between Charles County, Md., and King George County, Va. Its four, 12-foot-wide lanes with two-foot shoulders will double capacity and improve safety, enhancing emergency response and maintenance/inspection activities.
In 2019, the MDTA selected the Skanska-Corman-McLean (SCM) joint venture to design and build the new crossing. Learn more about the New Nice/Middleton Bridge project here.