Broening Highway to get much-needed repaving
Broening Highway in Southeast Baltimore, easily one of the metropolitan region's most beat-up roads, is about to get a much-needed repaving.
Jamie Kendrick, deputy director of the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, said Monday that the city will put the estimated $16 million project out to bid in about two weeks. He said work on the project is expected to begin in early February.
Broening Highway runs alongside the Seagirt and Dundalk marine terminals and as a result in heavily used by tractor-trailers. The highway is vital to the operations of the Port of Baltimore, and the Maryland Department of Transportation is kicking in $5 million toward the repaving, Kendrick said.
Getting There raised the question with the city after Richard Lessans, CEO of Baltimore-based Commerce Corp., raised the question of the highway's condition in an email
"It is frustrating to see the condition of Broening Highway, the main conduit to the port. From Holabird Ave. to the second port entrance, the road is uneven, full of potholes and has deep ruts in it," Lessans wrote.
The primarily asphalt surface will be replaced by more durable concrete, Kendrick said. The new surface won't be as thick as an airport runway. he said, but it will be thicker than the average road to stand up to the truck traffic.
"It's not your typical repaving," Kendrick said, adding that the new surface should last for 20 years or more.
The work will take about two years to complete, he said. While the work is be done on Broening, Kendrick added, the city will also repave Dundalk Avenue from the city line to Eastern Avenue so that truck drivers have no incentive to switch to the more residential route to avoid delays.