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(March 21, 2013) – Drivers who travel along MD 273 (Main Street) in Rising Sun will encounter construction for drainage improvements to the stormwater system along the roadway starting Monday, March 25.  The $175,000 State Highway Administration (SHA) project is expected to be completed by the end of April, weather permitting.

SHA awarded the contract to Covington Machine and Welding, Inc. of Annapolis.  The project will repair and reinforce the existing metal drainage pipe that runs along 10 blocks of Main Street from the intersection of North Walnut Street to Harrington Drive.  As part of the improvements, SHA will line the bottom of the existing pipe with concrete to extend the life of the 600-foot section of pipe.

Motorists should expect single-lane closures for no more than two blocks at a time; flaggers will be on hand from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday to alternate the flow of traffic. Sidewalks will remain open to pedestrians at all times during the project.

While SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.  Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Saver driving. Safer work zones. Benefit everyone!

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