Route 100 construction slowed by winter weather

March 29, 1994|By Erik Nelson | Erik Nelson,Sun Staff Writer

This winter's ice storms and wet weather will tack a few extra months onto the construction timetable for the Route 100 connection with the Baltimore-Washington Expressway and Interstate 95.

"We're running a little behind," said Valerie Burnette, spokeswoman for the State Highway Administration. The link with I-95 is now expected to open in two years.

Contractors on the 7-mile, $120 million four-lane highway extension have had to focus on sediment and erosion control during the wet weather. That, and extreme cold, have set contractors back by about two months on some segments, she said.

The highway project has been under way for about a year, and when completed will improve access by residents of both Anne Arundel and Howard counties to Baltimore-Washington International Airport and major north-south highways.

The first segment of the highway being built westward from Interstate 97, where Route 100 now ends, was expected to connect with Route 170 next spring. "We're probably on target for that, but probably later in the spring," Ms. Burnette said.

Sediment control was especially troublesome for the contractor of that segment, Francis O. Day Co. of Rockville. During the rainy and snowy January, the company was fined $14,000 for runoff into Sawmill Creek, a problem attributed to a leaking sediment pipe.

Beyond Route 170, an extension to the Baltimore-Washington Expressway was expected to be completed by December 1995 or January 1996, but the weather has pushed the completion date back to early spring 1996, Ms. Burnette said.

The first segment planned for completion would have connected the parkway with I-95 in Howard County next winter. That project is expected to be delayed by the newly planned Dorsey Maryland Rail Commuter station.

The Route 100 interchange with I-97 is part of a separate project to widen the interstate to six lanes. Although that project is not expected to be finished until August 1996, it is possible that engineers will install temporary ramps to connect the two highways before that.

In Ellicott City, highway engineers expect to finish the Route 100 western terminus -- an interchange with U.S. 29 -- by July. That should coincide with the completion of a four-lane, 2-mile segment between U.S. 29 and Route 104.

Motorists will not drive it from Pasadena to Ellicott City anytime soon, however. The segment from Route 104 to I-95 in Howard County, delayed by disputes over avoiding existing subdivisions, planned condominiums and federally protected wetlands, is not expected to open until the end of the decade.

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