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MD 287 Choptank River Bridge

Originally constructed in 1919, the existing Choptank River Bridge (MD 287) is located near Goldsboro Maryland in Caroline County. The proposed new bridge is a concrete girder structure designed to meet current highway safety standards. Floura Teeter Landscape Architects was responsible for the overall corridor planting and beautification, as well as environmental site design and plant selection associated with construction of the new bridge.

Early concept plans proposed a large detention pond within a mature Tulip Poplar forest stand; in order to save that mature forest, Floura Teeter collaborated with the SHA Highway Hydraulics Division to develop a design approach that would meet water quality and volume requirements while reducing the overall footprint of the project.

The final design included linear submerged gravel wetlands which successfully reduced the project limit of disturbance – protecting the Poplar forest, and enhancing the overall landscape with additional native plant material. This context-sensitive design resulted in a project with lower maintenance requirements and preservation of an important local natural resource.

Project Category: Transportation

Location: Caroline County, MD

Client: Maryland State Highway Administration

Project Costs: $5,800,000

Landscape Construction Costs: $100,000

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