NEWS RELEASE

SLOPE REPAIR PROJECT TO CLOSE MD 31 (NEW WINDSOR ROAD) IN FREDERICK COUNTY FOR THREE WEEKS

Motorists to be Detoured for Three Weeks Beginning June 5

(June 3, 2019) – Beginning Wednesday, June 5 at 9:30 a.m., the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will temporarily close and detour close MD 31 (New Windsor Road) between Oak Orchard Road and Sams Creek Road (near the Carroll County line) in Frederick County. The closure is necessary to repair a roadside slope on eastbound MD 31. The work is expected to take approximately three weeks to complete.

Motorists traveling eastbound will be detoured to Oak Orchard Road to Sams Creek Road then S. Marston Road, MD 407 (Marston Road) and back to MD 31. Westbound traffic will use the same detour in reverse order. Variable message signs are in place to alert motorists about the upcoming closure. Cones and signs will be used to guide motorists through the detour route.

Approximately 2,350 motorists use this section of MD 31 each day, so motorists are urged to plan extra commute time. The estimated cost of the slope repair is $600,000.

MDOT SHA works hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones for our crews as well as our contractor. Drivers need to stay alert, focus on the road and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Drive like you work here and slowdown in construction zones.

For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, click on Road Ready, MDOT SHA's electronic construction brochure. For a look at real-time commute conditions, log onto md511.maryland.gov.

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