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11/10/2011MD 97 at CSX Crossing Closure

Update: SHA anticipates reopening the MD 97/CSX crossing north of Old Frederick Road on Friday, November 11, prior to the evening commute.  Below is additional background on the project and detour route.


The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) advises motorists that SHA will assist CSX in closing a section of MD 97 (Old Washington Road) in Carroll County beginning Monday, November 7. 


The one week closure will allow CSX crews to repair the asphalt and concrete areas around the tracks, which will provide a smoother, stable transition over the crossing.  The roadway will reopen on Monday, November 14 weather and work-permitting.


Crews will close both directions of MD 97 at the CSX crossing north of I-70.  Traffic on

MD 97 will be directed to use the following detour:


  • For traffic heading north on MD 97, motorists will be directed to Old Frederick Road to Woodbine Road to MD 26 (Liberty Road) back to MD 97.


  • For traffic heading south on MD 97, motorists will be directed to MD 26 to Woodbine Road to Old Frederick Road back to MD 97


CSX will use variable message signs, temporary signs, and barrels to alert motorists to the work zone and guide them through the detour route. 


Plan ahead for extra travel time – and now it is easier than ever.  Maryland now features FREE 511 traveler information!  Call 511 or visit: www.  for current travel information. Sign up to personalize your travel route information through MY511 on the website.  Remember to use 511 safely - Maryland law restricts hand-held mobile phone use and texting while driving.