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​Project Addresses Aging Storm Drain System in Sykesville

  (January 18, 2022) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is launching a $2.5 million project ​to upgrade the aging storm drain system on MD 851 (Springfield Avenue) in Sykesville, Carroll County.     

The project limits run from Main Street to Warfield Road. The existing drainage system was installed prior to 1970, and roadway pavement is currently deteriorating along Springfield Avenue. Work includes removing the current storm drain and installing a new system. Other improvements include new curb, gutter and sidewalk along southbound Springfield Avenue.    

“Infrastructure is the foundation of our communities and highway system, and this project will help address one of Carroll County’s transportation priorities along the Sykesville corridor,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Tim Smith. “Working with the county, MDOT SHA is taking action to increase the resilience of our system while improving pedestrian access, especially for students who walk to nearby schools.”    

The project is being coordinated with a Carroll County project to replace the aging waterline infrastructure along Springfield Avenue. The county will first remove the existing waterline and install a new one. Once the new waterline is installed, MDOT SHA will begin construction on the removal of the existing and installation of the new drainage system. The project is in the design phase with MDOT SHA’s portion of construction anticipated in fall 2022.    

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, look for reduced speed limits and other driving pattern changes. Please drive like you work here and slowdown 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.