MD 135 sign)Pattern in Place through November as Slope Stabilization Continues (August 3, 2021) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will establish a new, temporary traffic pattern on a section of MD 135 in the Luke community of Allegany County tomorrow. This pattern change will allow crews to continue their slope stabilization project that will help prevent rock slides in the area. Starting at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 4, crews will close the westbound lane of MD 135 for a distance of about 500 feet between Grant Street and WV46. During the closure, MD 135 eastbound will be used for traffic flow, with eastbound and westbound traffic alternating. Traffic barrels, signage and temporary traffic signals will be in place for directing and maintaining traffic flow. The new traffic pattern will be in place approximately three months, with an end date targeted for November 1. MDOT SHA contractor Triton Construction Inc. of St. Alban’s, W.Va., is handling the slope stabilization project, which is expected to complete by summer 2022. The project has been initiated in response to rock slides along the roadway. Stabilization of the bank will keep rocks and debris from entering the roadway, increasing the safety of motorists. Learn more about the slope stabilization project HERE, and view a video about the project HERE. MDOT SHA works hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones for our crews as well as our customers. Drivers need to stay alert, focus on driving and look for reduced speed limits. Slow down and be alert in construction zones to help ensure our teams get home safely to their families. Stranded motorists can dial #77 or 911 on their mobile device for roadside assistance. For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, go to Project Portal. Visit our homepage at roads.maryland.gov. For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to md511.maryland.gov. Editor’s NoteFrom intersection improvements to widening and new interchange construction, MDOT SHA is investing in projects to enhance the commute and daily travel for millions of Marylanders. MDOT SHA maintains more than 2,500 bridges and 17,000 miles of non-toll state roads – the interstate, US and state numbered routes in Maryland’s 23 counties.