Westbound Resurfacing from Kent Narrows to Bay Bridge Begins in July

(July 21, 2017) – Next week, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will resurface nearly five miles of westbound US 50/301 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) between the Kent Narrows Bridge and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Weather permitting, all work will be complete by early fall.

Work includes milling/grinding (removing the top layer of asphalt), patching, paving and restriping.  To minimize public impacts, crews will work Sunday nights through Friday mornings between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.  Two of the three westbound travel lanes may be closed and motorists should allow extra time for overnight travel.  MDOT SHA will also resurface the 266-space Park and Ride lot on Thompson Creek Road, near the intersection of US 50/301 and MD 8 (Romancoke Road).

Work hours and lane closures may be adjusted as needed in response to traffic conditions. 

Asphalt resurfacing improves safety by providing improved traction and drainage, extends road life and provides a smoother ride.  The new pavement markings that accompany resurfacing projects also enhance safety through improved visibility at night and during inclement weather.

MDOT SHA recently resurfaced westbound US 50/301 from Queenstown to the Kent Narrows Bridge and plans to address eastbound US 50/301 in the same areas in 2018-19.

On average, more than 76,000 vehicles travel this part of US 50/301 each day with heavier volumes in summer months.  SHA awarded the $3.7 million project to David A. Bramble of Chestertown.

The e-Road Ready 2017 electronic construction brochure is now available by clicking here.  The e-brochure highlights major road construction and maintenance projects in each of MDOT SHA’s seven engineering districts which cover Maryland’s 23 counties.

Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.  Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.  Maryland drivers can also know before they go by calling 511 or visiting for live traffic updates, including construction delays and lane closures.