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​Improvements Include New Turn Lanes and Traffic Signals

(August 9, 2021) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) announces the completion of a $4.3 million intersection improvement project on MD 26 (Liberty Road) at Old Annapolis Road/Water Street Road in Frederick County. The work included new turn lanes and traffic signals to enhance safety.

“We are improving safety at this intersection by creating safer turning movements as we see increasing traffic and residential development in this area,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Tim Smith. “This project is another example of MDOT SHA’s commitment to the safety of our customers.”

Contractor Kibler Construction of Finksburg performed the work. The project included:

  • Installation of two new 480-foot left-turn lanes in both directions of MD 26.
  • Addition of a new 480-foot dedicated lane for right turns from eastbound MD 26 to Old Annapolis Road.
  • Full-color traffic signals to replace the flashing beacon and a new warning light for westbound traffic prior to the intersection.
  • Roadway resurfacing.
  • Improved area drainage.

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, as well as other driving pattern changes. Please drive like you work here and slow down in construction zones.

Motorists can dial #77 on their mobile device for roadside assistance.

For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, go to Project Portal. Visit our homepage at For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to

Editor’s Note

From 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.