***TRAFFIC ALERT*** MDOT SHA CLOSES PART OF MD 222 (SUSQUEHANNA RIVER ROAD) IN PORT DEPOSIT DUE TO FLOODING

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​Closure Tied to Tropical Depression Ida and Conowingo Dam Preventive Measures; Could Last Several Days

(September 2, 2021) - The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) has closed MD 222 (Susquehanna River Road) between Moore Road and Canal Road in Port Deposit, Cecil County. The closure is due to flooding from the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida and is expected to last for several days.

At the nearby Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River, the floodgates are being opened to accommodate increased river flow. The opening of these floodgates will impact low-lying sections of MD 222. Because the river drainage basin extends through Pennsylvania and into New York, the floodgates may need to remain open for several days.

To help ensure public safety, MDOT SHA will keep this section of MD 222 closed in conjunction with Conowingo Dam floodgate operations.  Motorists can still access Port Deposit using MD 222 from the south and MD 276. Commercial truck drivers are reminded to check for restrictions before traveling to this area.

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.

Motorists can dial #77 or 911 on their mobile device for roadside assistance.

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 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.

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