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The State Highway Administration (SHA) Community Liaison for District 5 is Hilary D. Gonzales (138 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401:  telephone 410-841-1020 or email

September 19, 2017:  SHA personnel held a meeting at Town Hall to review progress on the Fishing Creek Bridge Replacement project.  To view their presentation, click here .

March 7, 2017:   Beginning as early as March 7, 2017, pile driving will take place at the Fishing Creek Bridge construction site. The pile driving will continue for approximately 6 weeks, 3 weeks on the North Side and 3 weeks on the South Side. During the first week or so, the West Side pedestrian walkway will be closed. Closing this sidewalk will mean that no sidewalks will be open in the area of construction during working hours for approximately one week. The plan is to reopen the west sidewalk at the end of each work day until the following morning. Please remember that these dates and timeframes are approximate and may change. We ask for your patience and understanding as we move forward in this building process.

January 30, 2017:  In December a barrier wall was installed on the east side of the current bridge. Current work includes moving of utilities and driving of sheet piles. Sheet pile are an earth retention and excavation support technique installed along the planned excavation perimeter of the bridge. The contractor, Wagman, Inc. is also building a Coffer Dam which is a watertight enclosure pumped dry to permit construction work below the waterline.

Currently, the contractor is working 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday. Due to the nature of the work, a single lane will be closed on the bridge each day between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Flaggers will guide motorists across the bridge during the single lane closure. All work is weather permitting.

December 13, 2016: 
The traffic pattern switch that was scheduled for Friday, December 9, 2016 was postponed due to cold temperatures. Installation of the new striping requires a constant temperature of 50 degrees or more for a specific time period. That work has been rescheduled for late next week, approximately December 22, 2016. The boardwalk sidewalk on the east side of the bridge will also be closed at that time. It will be torn down to make way for the new construction to begin. Verizon continues to relocate lines and SHA is hopeful that they will be finished by December 31, 2016.

March 16, 2016:
  Monthly Partnering Meeting – BGE will begin work throughout the next few weeks moving the overhead power lines to the new underground conduit. The first scheduled power outage will take place on March 26 with a possible rain date on March 27, 2016. A second planned power outage is scheduled for the night of March 31 that will affect the Water Park and Community Center. We are continually working to obtain updates concerning planned power outages that may impact our community. Plans are also being made to begin rerouting water and sewer lines that are in the way of the construction. Once infrastructure work is completed we will begin to see actual bridge construction. 

November 20, 2015:  The State Highway Administration held the monthly partnering meeting for the Fishing Creek Bridge replacement on November 18, 2015.  Chesapeake Beach Town Staff was advised that the project is now on a winter schedule.  BGE will begin preliminary work on their part of the project the week after Thanksgiving.  BGE reported that they have one piece of underground conduit sealed shut and are currently working to correct that problem.  The preliminary work should take approximately 2.5 weeks.  BGE is relocating electric lines from overhead to underground in the vicinity of the new bridge.  It was also noted at the progress meeting that there will be a probable delay between March 31 and June 15.  Piling work must be stopped during that period due to rockfish spawning.  The State Highway Administration suggests that we should advertise the project in a partial shutdown until May 26, 2016.  We will post updates as they become available.

December 1, 2014: Mayor’s Night Out – Town Engineer Paul Woodburn  discussed the Fishing Creek Bridge Replacement Project and offered the following presentation on the design of the new bridge.  View the presentation below or to view the presentation in full screen, click here (leaving site).

November 13, 2014:  We have received many inquiries concerning the work that has begun on the construction of the new Fishing Creek Bridge.  Town Engineer, Paul Woodburn, offers the following update, which was furnished by Jeff Robert, Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) Design Manager: 

The contractor for the project is G.A. & F.C. Wagman, Inc. out of York, PA. They’ve done work for Maryland SHA for years and are a very reputable firm. SHA has granted the contractor notice to proceed and they have started minor work such as putting signs up and building a temporary sidewalk along the southeast portion of the project from Mears Road to the bridge. After this preliminary work is complete, the next item of work is to perform the underground bore for the relocation of the BG&E lines from their aerial location to underground. No other work can be started until this bore is complete and the BG&E and Verizon lines are relocated. Ideally, the contractor would like to get the bore completed before the end of the year allowing BG&E to get in to do their work early in the new year, which would allow the bridge / road work to begin in early spring of 2015.

Also, below is a MD SHA link where you can follow the progress of the Fishing Creek Bridge construction as well as the traffic impact.

Maryland SHA Fishing Creek Bridge Replacement Project (leaving site)


Marti Gilpin (
Office and Community Involvement Coordinator
Town of Chesapeake Beach, MD


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