MDOT SHA Logo)(May 12, 2021) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will begin a project to stabilize the slope along MD 135 in the Westernport area of Allegany and Garrett counties tomorrow. The work will help prevent rockslides and create a safer drive for motorists. The project is expected to complete in summer 2022. At 7 a.m. Thursday, May 13, crews will close lanes on northbound MD 135, just west of MD 36 and near River Road Drive. The northbound lane will be closed, and the southbound lane will be used for traffic flow. MDOT SHA contractor Triton Construction, Inc. of St. Albans, WV, is performing the work. Barrels, signage and a flagging operation will be in place for directing and maintaining traffic.The closure is part of a $2.4 million slope-stabilization project. The closure will remain in effect through November.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 slowdown in construction zones. 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.