It details all road projects around Maryland.
The Memorial Day Weekend is the kickoff of the summer vacation season, and that means more motorists out on the roads. With the weather getting warmer, it also means more road construction.
In anticipation of the summer driving crunch, the Maryland State Highway Administration has launched its "E-Road Ready" for 2013. "It's an electronic construction brochure that demonstrates the major projects that SHA will be undertaking across the entire state," says SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar. "So whether you're heading down to Somerset County on the Shore, or all the way to the far western Maryland mountains and anywhere in between, the major projects will be highlighted in here."
Gischlar says all of the information about these projects will be described. "It's hyperlinked, all these projects, to either its project page, such as a large capital project, like an interchange or the South Street Bridge; or if it's a paving project, we do use a mapping technique and put the shortened link for the actual map of the location. It also has the anticipated start date and finish date for each project," he says.
"E-Road Ready" also has alternate routes motorists can use to avoid road construction projects. Gischlar says many of these different routes are the state's scenic byways. "Part of going on vacation is to relax, trying to get away from work and everyday life. And if you want to avoid these major interstates, we invite to go on some of the roads less known in Maryland and you can learn a little history as you get to your vacation destination," he says.
This electronic brochure is available at the SHA website, which is www.roads.maryland.gov. Gischlar says motorists can use a computer to access this site. But they can also use a mobile phone. "It is a link. It is downloadable, and it is a PDF format. You might have to click a few things, but you can definitely get that that way," he says.
SHA says other resources motorists can use to get around Maryland include MD511.org, and 1-877-Bay-Span to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Residents can also sign up for personalize travel routes by using MY511 on the SHA website.