SHA Says Highway Projects In Full Swing For The Summer

That could mean some road closures.


Baltimore, Md (KM). As schools start to let out for the summer, road construction projects across Maryland are expected to get into high gear, and that could mean some road closures.

State Highway Administration spokesman Charlie Gischlar says starting this Thursday, June 20th, the intersection of Mount Zion Road and Md. 180 (Jefferson Pike)  will be closed so that crews can build a roundabout. . “That we can construct that roundabout in a fast amount of time,” he says.

Gischlar says roundabouts help promote traffic safety by reducing  severe crashes. “Basically, what they do is enable traffic to continue to move in a right hand fashion,” he says. “The whole purpose of this is to reduce the severity of crashes, to get rid of those angle crashes, which are often the most deadly types of crashes, those angle crashes, or T-bones as some people call them.”

Motorists traveling that are will be detoured to Stone Road to Teen Barnes Road to Md. 180, and back to Mount Zion Road.

This coming weekend, beginning on Friday, June 21st at 10:00 PM until Monday June 24th at 5:00 AM, the Md. 28 bridge over the Monocacy River will be closed. “We are rehabilitating that bridge and it’s going to necessitate another weekend long closure and detour in that area using Md. 109 and the other routes that connect with it,” says Gischlar.

Following this closure, Gischlar says   motorists crossing the Monocacy River at Md. 28 will be guided by a temporary traffic single through the spring of 2020.

In early July, Md. 464 (Point of Rocks Road)   will be closed for a bridge replacement project. Traffic will be detoured to Olive School Road to Md. 180 (Jefferson Pike) to Md. 17 (Petersville Road) . “Because of there’s an increase in traffic as a result of the closure, we’re actually going to be installing a temporary traffic single at the end of Olive School Road and Maryland 180 until the end of the project which should be the end of the year,” says Gischlar.

Other SHA road projects include:

*Md. 31 (New Windsor Road) between Oak Orchard Road and the Carroll County line, which should be completed by early July.

*Md 478 (Knoxville Road)  Bridge over a branch of the Potomac River. This is a bridge replacement project. Md. 478 will be closed through the fall. Local traffic will be detoured up to the bridge closure; and then  to Md. 17 (Petersville Road/Burkettsville Road), to Md. 180 (Jefferson Pike) and back to Md. 478. Motorists can also use Md. 340 as an alternate route.

*Eastbound US 40 Alternate (Old National Pike) between Fern Lane and Ridge Road. SHA will be doing a roadside slope repair project. The right truck “climbing” lane and shoulder will closed until July.


By Kevin McManus