SHA lists major road work sites

TRAFFIC TALK

April 24, 2005|By Phillip McGowan | Phillip McGowan,SUN STAFF

What major state road projects are beginning this year around Anne Arundel County?

That spring feeling is here, accompanied by more hard hats, traffic cones and "slow" signs. We are entering road construction season.

In the county, there are four state projects that are expected to commence in the coming weeks, according to the State Highway Administration:

Ordnance Road (Route 710) and Chesapeake Centre Drive: Construction is set to start next week to create a separate through lane and right-turn lane on Ordnance Road.

Route 170 and Telegraph Road (Route 174): Construction begins by the end of this month to extend the left-turn lanes on southbound Route 170 onto Route 174.

Crain Highway (Route 3) and Green Branch Lane: Construction begins next month to create a double left-turn lane from Route 3 to Green Branch.

Route 214 and Route 424: Construction begins in September to widen southbound Route 424 to create a separate left-turn lane onto Route 214.

Each project is expected to cost between $250,000 and $325,000, with the exception of the intersection of routes 214 and 424, which is anticipated to cost about $600,000, said David Buck, an SHA spokesman.

All of the projects are supposed to be completed by the end of September, except for the interesection of routes 214 and 424, which is slated to be finished in the spring, Buck said.

Drivers maneuvering through these areas should be aware of likely lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. on the weekdays. There's no work expected on weekends.

Why is a new traffic signal being erected on Route 198 in front of the Maryland City Plaza?

A four-alarm fire more than two years ago destroyed the old Shoppers supermarket. Last fall, the company that owns the plaza, Combined Properties, began an $11 million renovation of the shopping center, which includes the construction of a larger Shoppers.

A study that the SHA requested from Combined Properties revealed the need to install a signal between Red Clay Road and Old Annapolis Road to handle an expected increase in traffic.

The signal, which is being paid for and installed by Combined Properties, is supposed to be operating by May 1, weather permitting, just ahead of the Shoppers' opening, said SHA spokesman Chuck Gischlar.

The signal will flash yellow for a few days to make drivers aware of its presence, before switching to the green-yellow-red sequence.

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