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MAY 2016

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Cover Story 46 MAY 2016 COATINGSPROMAG.COM W ith one of the largest estuaries not only in the United States but in the world, the Chesapeake Bay is a wonder. Te bay's 64,000-square-mile (165,759.2 km²) watershed is and has been home to many animal and human residents who travel north, south, east, and west across various bodies of water to get to and from home. With nooks and crannies around every corner, there's very little travel by the way of the osprey, er…crow, in these parts, which means that travel by bridge is crucial for many of the 17 million human residents within its reach. On the bay's Eastern Shore, home of Harriet Tubman, the states of several of its local bridges were causing some alarm. Te drawbridge over the Kent Island Narrows — named for the very thin stretch of water that connects the Chester River and Eastern Bay nearby — was one that needed attention in particular. Built in 1951, it has received some attention over the years, but nothing major had been done since 1990. So with high-priced pleasure cruisers and workboats traveling under- neath and increasing numbers of cars up above, it should be no surprise that the state of Maryland needed to give the bridge an update, including a major coating overhaul. Parade or Bust! Manolis Painting, the coatings contractor assigned to this project, didn't have to travel far to get to this waterfront jobsite; the company is based out of Baltimore, Md., little more than an hour up the highway. But as many contractors may know, easy jobsite access doesn't necessarily foreshadow an easy project. With a specifc start date, as well as stop-point goals through- out, the schedule was set. One such goal regarded an annual motorcycle parade starting in New York and crossing the bay. Te parade was to hit the bridge in May — about 50 days after the start date. Te coating work had to be done with the draw span fully open, so the plan was to fnish that section and drop the PHOTOS COURTESY STEPHANIE MARIE CHIZIK AND MARYLAND STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION BY STEPHANIE MARIE CHIZIK Finish Line Approaching Fast! On Bridge Recoat STEEL EPOXY BRIDGE

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