Main Street in Bel Air to get upgrade

January 14, 2007

Main Street in downtown Bel Air will undergo nearly $9 million in road improvements this year, including resurfacing, new sidewalks with accessible ramps at intersections, and additional crosswalks and traffic signs.

The half-mile segment of Route 924 from Route 22 to Gordon Street handles about 15,000 vehicles daily with heavy pedestrian traffic from government offices, businesses, shops and restaurants.

The State Highway Administration, which will fund $7.4 million of the project, has awarded a design-build contract to Corman Construction Inc. of Annapolis Junction and Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson of Hunt Valley.

Maryland American Water, which will replace the water main underneath the street, is contributing $1.1 million to the project, with the town of Bel Air adding $300,000, which includes its share of the cost of new street lighting.

Work on the initial phase, which includes replacement of the water system, will begin as soon as weather permits, with sidewalk upgrades to start in the spring.

The contractor expects to close one lane of traffic and one parking lane on alternating segments of the work during construction that will be completed by fall 2008.

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