The Cambridge Creek drawbridge, the main link between US Route 50 and downtown Cambridge, Maryland, will be closed for up to two weeks for repairs, starting Monday.
The MD 795 (Maryland Avenue) drawbridge is 80 years old. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (SHA) says repairs will ensure that the drawbridge works reliably during peak boating season. Work will include replacing “a large pinion gear in the drawbridge mechanism” and a steel plate on the bridge deck.
Marine traffic won’t be affected by the closure, but drivers and pedestrians will be detoured from US 50 (Ocean Gateway) to a right turn onto Cedar Street to a right turn onto Academy Street and back to Maryland Avenue.
More than 12,000 vehicles cross the Cambridge Creek drawbridge every day. It is also the second-busiest of SHA’s 19 drawbridges, opening more than 8,000 times a year for boaters.