Nice/Middleton Bridge Project – Home
Watch as the first of 33 pier footing bathtub forms was set on March 3. Nicknamed “bathtubs” because they create giant tubs when placed, the form was lifted by a high-capacity floating crane from a barge and placed atop a set of previously-driven piles. Following the crane movement, the bathtub was lowered into its final position and supported by hanger system. Next, the holes in the tub will be sealed and filled with rebar and concrete to serve as a platform for bridge columns that will rise from the river and support the deck of the future bridge.
About the Project
The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is replacing the existing Nice/Middleton Bridge with a new bridge that will:
- Double the vehicle capacity with four 12-foot-wide lanes, replacing the old bridge’s two 11-foot-wide lanes
- Improve safety by installing a barrier-separated median between east- and westbound lanes, adding two-foot shoulders and other improvements that meet current safety standards
- Eliminate lane-shifting safety issues at toll booths by replacing them with all-electronic tolling
- Enable tall ships to pass beneath its 135-foot clearance
With construction underway (July 2020), the new bridge is scheduled to open in early 2023. Under MDTA’s supervision, the $463 million design-build job is being performed by Skanska, Corman and McLean (SCM), a joint venture comprised of firms with local ties.
The MDTA is self-sufficient and receives no gas tax, motor vehicle fees, or other revenue in the Transportation Trust Fund. The MDTA facilities are fully financed, operated, maintained, improved, and protected with toll revenues paid by customers using those facilities.
MDTA has made all-electronic tolling permanent statewide, making E-ZPass Maryland even better for our customers. Learn more about how cashless tolling works, the benefits of cashless tolling and how to get an E-ZPass Maryland transponder.