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4/13/2010US 15 at Hayward Road Intersection Improvement Project

This summer, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin a project to improve safety at the intersection of US 15 (Catoctin Mountain Highway) and Hayward Road in Frederick County. SHA expects to complete the work this fall, weather permitting.

To improve safety at the intersection, SHA will relocate the right-turn movement on southbound US 15 to westbound Hayward Road approximately 300 feet north of the intersection. Motorists wishing to access Hayward Road from US 15 southbound will exit onto an existing service road that runs parallel to US 15.

Relocating the right-turn movement north of the intersection will eliminate the potential for conflict between the US 15 northbound left-turning motorists and the southbound US 15 right-turning motorists. Currently, the potential exists for left-turning motorists to proceed into the intersection and then hesitate when encountering a right-turning vehicle.

During construction motorists should expect single-lane and shoulder closures on US 15 Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Friday from midnight to 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additionally, shoulder closures should be expected on Hayward Road during the hours stated. SHA will place variable message signs, barrels and temporary signs to guide motorists through the work zone.

In addition to relocating the right-turn movement north of the Hayward Road intersection, in April SHA installed additional pavement markings and signs on southbound US 15 to alert drivers of the upcoming intersection. One mile north of the intersection a new sign stating "US 15 Safety Zone Next 1 Mile" will be installed in the median and outside shoulder. Approximately 1,500 feet north of Hayward Road, SHA also installed new signs in the median and outside shoulder stating "Watch Your Speed Cross Traffic 1500 FT".

New pavement markings were installed prior to the intersection for a traffic calming effect in an effort to encourage drivers to slow down. SHA placed three additional sets of rumble strips across both travel lanes just north of the intersection. Additional pavement markings were also installed on southbound US 15 between Hayward Road and 1,500 feet north of the intersection. As drivers approach Hayward Road spacing between the pavement markings gradually decreases to create the sense the roadway is narrowing and alert drivers they are approaching a more urban section of US 15 with additional access locations. The seemingly narrowing road is intended to encourage drivers to reduce speeds as they approach the intersection. SHA is implementing the enhancements with the cooperation of the Maryland State Police (MSP) and the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, who have increased speed enforcement efforts in the area. 

For additional information about the project please contact, Geoff McCammon, SHA's District Community Liaison for Frederick County, at 301-624-8131, toll free at 1-800-635-5119, or by e-mail at