SHA urges drivers to seek alternate routes around US 50 east as crews repair collapsed pipe

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - All eastbound lanes and shoulders of eastbound Route 50 through Anne Arundel were blocked Wednesday afternoon during peak rush hour traffic into Wednesday night for “emergency roadwork,” according to the Maryland Coordinated Highways Action Response Team website .

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Officials determined that a metal pipe had deteriorated and collapsed, according to a release from the State Highway Administration. 

The hole was several feet deep. 

State Highway Administration officials said the backup stretched Wednesday stretched for 4 1/2 miles. The best case scenario, officials said, would be closing the road for 24 hours. 

From the release:

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) continues to close all lanes along eastbound US 50 at MD 665 (Aris T. Allen Boulevard). Traffic is being detoured to MD 665. Drivers may want to consider other alternate routes such as MD 10 to MD 2, and MD 424 to MD 450 to MD 2.  At this time, eastbound US 50 is expected to remain closed through the night and early morning as crews complete emergency repairs.

The incident was first reported at 5:11 p.m.

Crews will fill the void with stone, and then place a concrete patch on the road surface.  The roadway cavity measures approximately 24 inches in diameter and is several feet deep. SHA hydraulics department will begin design work for more permanent repairs tomorrow morning.

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