The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) has begun a construction project to upgrade sidewalks along a portion of MD 808A (Main Street) in Mount Airy for improved safety and accessibility. The project will be complete in November, weather permitting.
"Work includes removing and reconstructing the existing sidewalk, ramps, curb and gutter along Main Street from Hood Street to north of Center Street, a distance of about 750 feet, to improve drainage and comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements," said Heather Keels, SHA spokeswoman. "Crews will also install flashing beacons to alert drivers to pedestrian crosswalks and will install a short wall and railing along the sidewalk on the northbound side, north of Park Avenue, where the sidewalk is higher than street level," continued Keels.
"Work will take place Mondays through Fridays during daytime hours, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.," she said. A flagging operation may be needed to guide motorists through the work zone. In addition, starting in late August, a short detour will be in place for traffic on Park Avenue headed toward Main Street. The detour will direct traffic to turn right on Veterans Way, then left on Center Street for access to Main Street. The detour will remain in place for approximately one month. Traffic on Main Street will still be able to turn onto Park Avenue.
SHA’s contractor for the $455,188 project is Rivers Construction Group LTD of Silver Spring.