Two Road Construction Projects To Start Next Month On Rt. 26 In Frederick County

SHA will also start work on Darnestown Rd. In Montgomery County.

Frederick, Md (KM). The Maryland State Highway Administration will be starting two projects next month on Route 26 in Frederick County. A contractor, CJ Miller of Hampstead, will add raised concrete medians and ADA compliant ramps on Route 26 (Liberty Road) between West South Street and New Windsor Road (Rt. 31) in Libertytown. Personnel will also install pedestrian signals at the intersection of Routes  26 and 75.

“There’s already an existing traffic signal at the intersection of Maryland 26 and 75, Green Valley Road. But what we’re going to do is put some pedestrian signals on there so that people will have safe crossings,” says SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar.

A pedestrian crossing will also be placed at Libertytown Park.

Gischlar  also says crews will resurface that section of Route 26, and add new pavement markings.

The project is estimated to cost $1.2-million and be completed by late fall.

About 8900 motorists use that section of Route 26 each day.

The contractor will be working in that stretch of Route 26 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM Monday through Friday.

At another end of Route 26, crews will patch, grind and resurface 2.4-miles that highway between Routes 15 and Route 194 (Woodsboro Pike). The Project is estimated to cost $2.7-million and begin in July. . “That also should be complete late fall as we hopefully get some decent weather and some good progress there,” says Gischlar.

He says the contractor, CJ Miller of Hampstead, will be working from 8:00 PM until 6:00 AM Sunday through Thursday. Personnel will use arrow boards and dynamic message signs to guide motorists through workzones.

SHA says about 39,000 motorists travel that stretch of Route 26 each day.

The Maryland State Highway Administration will also be doing some work on a nearly two-mile stretch of Darnestown Road (Rt. 28) between Quince Orchard Road (Rt. 124) and Argosy Drive in Gaithersburg. The agency says the contractor, FO Day Company of Rockville, will resurface  and repave the road with new pavement markings. Other work will include reconstructing sidewalks, sidewalk ramps and driveways to make them ADA compliant; replacing damaged and deteriorated curb and gutter; replacing and upgrading guardrails; cleaning inlets and pipes for a better roadway; and replacing concrete bus pads.

The project is estimated to cost $2.5-million.

To complete the work, SHA says the contractor will be permitted to close one lane of westbound Route 28 Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, and one eastbound lane between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Motorists who travel that road can expect closures between 8:00 PM and 6:00 AM Sunday through Friday.

“When you come up to a workzone, first of all slow down, and make sure all of your attention is on the roadway because things can change pretty quickly  from one day to the next,” says Gischlar. “As progress is being made, things get shifted. Make sure that phone is parked and all your eyes and all your attention is on the road.”



By Kevin McManus