US 40 Alt sign

US 40 Alt sign)

​(October 2, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) today announced the completion of the $18 million Middletown Urban Reconstruction project on US 40 Alternate (Main Street).

This project will enhance pedestrian safety and improve drainage along the roadway between Ivy Hill Drive and Middletown Parkway, a two-mile section through historic Middletown. Crews made the following improvements:

  • Installed new crosswalks and lighting;
  • Paved and striped US 40 Alternate;
  • Added a new waterline;
  • Rehabilitated drainage infrastructure;
  • Constructed new sidewalks and ramps that are compatible with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“We appreciate the support and cooperation of Middletown leadership, business owners and residents during construction. We know these improvements will benefit everyone, including pedestrians who will have a safer path as they enjoy all the amenities this historic area has to offer,” said SHA Administrator Tim Smith.

Middletown Maryland street scene

MDOT SHA’s contractor, Milani Construction, LLC, started the project in 2016.  While the project is substantially complete, crews will be on site to complete remaining work including landscaping, driveway aprons and installing stamped concrete resembling brick.

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 Project Portal. Visit our homepage at For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to

Middletown Maryland street scene

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.