Improved Safety and Traffic Flow Coming to MD 281 at Muddy Lane in Elkton and MD 273 at Appleton Road in Fair Hill

(November 20, 2015) – With utilities moved, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is beginning construction of two roundabouts in Cecil County. The $5 million safety investment will enhance traffic operations for the Fair Hill and Elkton communities.

In Fair Hill in the northeast corner of the county near Pennsylvania and Delaware, SHA will remove the flashing caution/stop signals on MD 273 (Telegraph Road) at Appleton Road and place stops signs to temporarily control traffic at the four-way intersection.  Utility poles were recently relocated to make room for the roundabout and the nearly 8,000 motorists passing through here each day should see construction begin by the end of 2015.  SHA awarded the $1.9 million contract to Daisy Concrete of Newport, DE, with construction complete by summer 2017.

SHA also awarded a contract to Daisy Concrete for $2.7 million to construct a roundabout at MD 281 (Red Hill Road) and Muddy Lane near the Patriots Glen community in Elkton. The three-way intersection is controlled by stop signs and the roundabout will improve safety and efficiency for 6,400 motorists traveling MD 281 each day.  Work is scheduled to start by the end of the year and be complete late 2017.

“Roundabouts improve traffic flow through intersections and reduce the incidence and severity of collisions,” stated SHA District 2 Engineer Greg Holsey. “We ask that drivers remain alert for construction crews as improvements get underway.”

There are two roundabouts in Cecil County on State maintained roads: MD 273 at MD 276, and MD 213 at Leeds Road/Elk Mills Road.  Since 1993, SHA has constructed more than 70 roundabouts to improve safety and traffic flow at intersections. There have been no intersection-related fatal crashes at any of the SHA roundabouts.

More information, including animations, history and a list of all roundabouts in the state, is available at Driving Maryland’s Roundabouts.

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