OCEAN CITY — The second major milling and repaving of the south section of Philadelphia Avenue in Ocean City got underway this week and is expected to be completed by the middle of next month.
In March, State Highway Administration (SHA) contractors began a milling and paving project along Philadelphia Avenue, technically Maryland Route 528, from 26th Street to 9th Street. That project was completed quickly and on time as promised, although there were the typical traffic delays and inconveniences associated with it.
With that project in the books, SHA contractors this week began in earnest the next phase of the downtown milling and paving project along Philadelphia Avenue from 9th Street to North Division Street. The familiar orange barrels, automated directional signals and flaggers returned this week on that section of Philadelphia Avenue, tying up traffic and creating delays.
By Wednesday morning, the section of Philadelphia Avenue from 9th Street to North Division Street was almost completely milled down and prepared for repaving. The project also includes repaving the portion of the Route 50 Bridge from the draw span to its terminus at North Division Street and Philadelphia Avenue. Also included in the plan is milling and repaving the section of North Division Street between Philadelphia Avenue and Baltimore Avenue.
The entire milling project began this week and is expected to be completed by May 11. Crews will then go behind and repave all of the milled sections tentatively beginning on May 6. The entire project is expected to be completed by May 18.