MD 281 ROUNDABOUT CONSTRUCTION BEGINS IN ELKTON

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(August 4, 2017) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will construct a new roundabout at the MD 281 (Red Hill Road) and Muddy Lane intersection in Cecil County beginning mid-August. In preparation for a major crossroad pipe installation, crews are clearing the work area and moving large precast drainage fittings onsite. The pipe work, expected to begin by late-August, will require closing the intersection for up to four weeks. MDOT SHA will place variable message signs in the area and metal detour signs to direct traffic.
 
Once the initial utility and drainage work is completed and the intersection reopened, crews will continue construction with occasional single lane closures and flagging.
 
The $3.1 million project will improve safety and efficiency by converting the busy three-way intersection to a roundabout. Roundabouts dramatically reduce the incidence of severe crashes and eliminate fatalities since vehicles travel at lower speeds and the circular design minimizes the risk of right-angle or “t-bone” collisions. An average of 6,600 vehicles travel MD 281 in this area each day.  Muddy Lane links MD 281 with MD 279 (Elkton Road) near I-95 (John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway).
 
The e-Road Ready 2017 electronic construction brochure is available by clicking here. The e-brochure highlights major road construction and maintenance projects in each Maryland’s 23 counties. Motorists are encouraged to get real-time travel conditions by logging onto www.md511.org.
 
While MDOT 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. Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.

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