SHA RESURFACES MIDCOUNTY HIGHWAY IN GAITHERSBURG

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(August 26, 2015) – The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is beginning the resurfacing phase of a $1.4 million intersection safety improvement project along MD 124 (Midcounty Highway) at Saybrooke Oaks Boulevard/Woodfield Road. Weather permitting; the resurfacing should be complete by late fall.

Crews will patch, mill (remove the top layer of asphalt) and apply new asphalt and pavement markings. After the resurfacing is complete, crews will restripe the pavement creating two left-turn lanes (approximately 550 feet longer than the original single left turn lane) from eastbound MD 124 (Midcounty Highway) to northbound MD 124 (Woodfield Road).

Additionally, crews will also apply new asphalt and pavement markings to extend the single left-turn lane for westbound Midcounty Highway to southbound Saybrooke Oaks Boulevard an additional 350 feet. The modifications will improve traffic flow and ease congestion through the busy intersection.  More than 21,000 vehicles use this section of MD 124 daily.

To complete resurfacing, crews are permitted to close one lane of MD 124 overnight, Sundays through Thursdays between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. and weekdays between9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Residents and travelers are advised that equipment used for construction can be loud and disruptive. SHA’s contractor for the work is Progressive Contracting, Inc. of Potomac.

The project began earlier this spring. To date, crews have completed substantial portion of improving roadway drainage structures, upgrading existing sidewalk ramps for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, replacing damaged curb and gutter and replacing guardrail and reconstructing traffic signals.

In addition to this project, drivers may also encounter mobile or short-term work zones. Click here for a listing of major SHA projects in Maryland.  Always expect the unexpected, pay extra close attention and drive slowly through any work zone. Whether it’s a tree trimming operation or a bridge project, be aware when orange is there: Think Orange (the color of construction equipment and signs), stay alert and slow down. Everyone is at risk.
 
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