Construction to detour traffic

July 16, 1992

Commuters fighting traffic on U.S. 50 now have another battle on their hands, especially if they use Route 3 to get home to Crofton or Gambrills.

Since construction on the interchange at routes 3 and 50 began yesterday, drivers who want to head north on Route 3 from the John Hanson Highway -- renamed the "Capital Corridor" -- will have to take a detour.

A State Highway Administration spokesman, who did not want his name used because of the governor's restrictions on talking to the media, said he did not know how long construction will last.

It is part of the eight-year project to upgrade U.S. 50 between Washington and Annapolis to interstate standards. Work on the $31 million Route 3 interchange has been awarded to Dewey Jordan Inc. of Frederick. The entire U.S. 50 project is scheduled to be completed next year.

During this construction phase, eastbound U.S. 50 traffic heading north on Route 3 will have to take the Route 197 exit to U.S. 301 and head north. Cars heading west will still be able to exit onto Route 3 north as usual.

People driving south on Route 3 will still be able to get onto U.S. 50 in either direction.

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