STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS RESURFACING PROJECT ON MD 550 IN WASHINGTON COUNTY

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(April 1, 2013) – Residents and motorists on MD 550 (Military Road/Sabillasville Road) in northeastern Washington County will soon see fresh new pavement, better drainage and other improvements as the Maryland State Highway Adminstration (SHA) completes a resurfacing project on the 1.4 mile segment between MD 491 (McAfee Hill Road) and the Frederick County line. The project begins today and will be complete this summer, weather permitting.

The $1 million project includes grinding, patching, resurfacing and applying new, reflective pavement markings. Crews will also make drainage improvements and replace portions of existing concrete curb and retaining walls.

Motorists on MD 550 should expect single-lane closures with flagging, Monday through Friday from sunrise to sunset (7 a.m. until 7 p.m.). Shoulder closures may take place any day and at any time. During some work operations, it will be necessary to place temporary, localized detours into effect. Variable message signs, barricades, temporary concrete barriers, cones, drums, flaggers and advance warning signs will guide motorists through the construction zone. An average of 1,800 vehicles travel this section of MD 550 each day.

SHA’s contractor for the project is C.J. Miller LLC of Hampstead.  Anyone with questions about traffic operations on MD 550 or other State numbered routes in Washington County may contact SHA’s District 6 office at 301-729-8400 or toll-free at 800-760-7138, or by email at SHADistrict6@sha.state.md.us.

While SHA and its 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 – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don't follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For everyone!

Maryland now features FREE 511 traveler information! Call 511 or 1-855-GOMD511 or visit www.md511.org  for current travel information. Sign up to personalize travel route information through MY511 on the website. Remember to use 511 safely – Maryland law prohibits hand-held mobile phone use and texting while driving.

SHA is making it easy to get safety tips and information on the go through Twitter @MDSHA and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarylandStateHighwayAdministration.
                                                                                                         
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