US 40 Alt sign

(MDOT SHA photo: US 40 Alt sign)

(July 14, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will begin resurfacing US 40 Alternate (Main Street) tomorrow, July 15, as part of the $16 million Middletown streetscape project in Frederick County. The resurfacing is expected to take two days and is divided into two parts:

  • ​Tomorrow, July 15, crews will  resurface US 40 Alt eastbound, then westbound from Broad Street to the area between Elm Street and Willow Street. US 40 Alt will be closed from Schoolhouse Drive to Willow Street with a detour to Green Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flaggers will be posted on MD 17 (Church Street) at East Green Street to help with traffic flow.  
  • On Thursday, July 16, crews will resurface the roadway between Willow Street and Creamery Row with a single lane closure and flagging operation on US 40 Alt.  

​The Middletown streetscape project includes new Americans with Disabilities Act compliant sidewalks and ramps along with curb and gutter, crosswalks and the addition of new lighting along US 40 Alt between Ivy Hill Drive and Middletown Parkway. Learn more about the project here.​ 

MDOT SHA’s contractor, Milani Construction, LLC, will use electronic message boards, signs and cones to alert motorists ahead of the closure and guide them through the detour. Motorists are encouraged to allow extra time if traveling during the closure.  

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.   

Drive like you work here and slow down in construction zones. For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, go to For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to

Editor’s Note

MDOT SHA has a record number of highway construction projects underway across the state to reduce congestion and improve safety.  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.​