(April 11, 2011) – The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is beginning a series of three resurfacing projects throughout Kent County.  The three projects total $1.1 million that will improve the ride quality for motorists traveling in the county.

"As the weather becomes warmer, SHA will be improving the ride quality for motorists on various highways in Kent County," said Terry Wright, SHA District Engineer for the Upper Eastern Shore.  "Motorists should expect delays and we ask everyone to travel safely through all work zones."

US 301 (Blue Star Memorial Highway)

SHA will patch, mill and resurface nearly one mile along US 301 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) between the Kent/Queen Anne’s County line and Chesterville Bridge Road in Millington.  The $677,000 project also includes resurfacing the US 301/MD 291 (River Road) intersections, as well as the Howard Johnson Service Road.  The project should begin by the end of this week and completed by mid-June, weather permitting. Motorists should expect single lane closures between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  There will be no lane closures on Saturday or Sundays.  SHA crews will use arrow panels, variable message signs and barrels to guide motorists through the work zone.

MD 446 (Broad Neck Road)

SHA will patch, mill and resurface more than six miles of MD 446 (Broad Neck Road) between Bay Road and MD 20 (Chestertown Road) in Langford.  Motorists should expect daily single lane closures between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Crews will use variable message signs, cones and barrels to safely guide motorists through the work zone.  The $373,000 project will begin on Wednesday, April 13 and should be completed by mid-May, weather permitting.

MD 289 (Quaker Neck Road)

Contractor crews will also repair more than four miles on MD 289 between Cliffs City Road and Pomona Road in Johnsontown.  The $52,000 project will likely begin in late-May/early June and be completed by mid-June, weather permitting.  Crews will work from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. and use variable message signs, cones and barrels to safely guide motorists through the work zone. 

SHA awarded the contracts to David A. Bramble of Chestertown.  Citizens who have questions about traffic operations on US 301, MD 446, MD 289 or other State numbered routes in Kent County may call SHA’s District 2 Office at 410-810-3200 or toll free at 1-800-637-9740.

Construction season is here with numerous active work zone sites that include major construction projects taking months to complete and mobile operations taking only minutes.  While 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 - 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.