ROUND­ABOUT

Cecil Whig - - OBIT­U­AR­IES & LO­CAL -

lane clo­sures and flag­ging. The round­about project there is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the sum­mer of 2018.

The con­struc­tion project will im­prove safety and ef­fi­ciency by con­vert­ing that “busy three­way in­ter­sec­tion” at Red Hill Road and Muddy Lane to a round­about, ac­cord­ing to SHA of­fi­cials. An av­er­age of 6,600 ve­hi­cles travel on Muddy Lane in that area each day, SHA of­fi­cials re­ported, not­ing that Muddy Lane links Red Hill Road with Elk­ton Road (Rt. 279) near In­ter­state 95.

Round­abouts dra­mat­i­cally re­duce the in­ci­dences of se­vere crashes and fa­tal­i­ties be­cause ve­hi­cles travel at lower speeds and be­cause the cir­cu­lar de­sign min­i­mizes the risk of right-an­gle, or “t-bone,” col­li­sions, SHA of­fi­cials opined.

SHA of­fi­cials are urg­ing mo­torists to slow down, re­frain from fol­low­ing too closely, stay alert and look for re­duced speed limit signs, nar­row driv­ing lanes and high­way work­ers while trav­el­ing through the round­about con- struc­tion site.

The Muddy Lane round­about is one of three round­abouts SHA is cur­rently work­ing on in the county. Last fall, SHA started work on a round­about at Ap­ple­ton and Tele­graph roads that will re­place the flash­ing light cur­rently there. That project is al­most com­plete. But an­other round­about project at Blue Ball and Tele­graph roads is sev­eral months be­hind af­ter the con­trac­tor had to wait for util­ity lines to be re­lo­cated.

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Traf­fic bar­rels line Red Hill Road on the ap­proach to Muddy Lane near Elk­ton in prepa­ra­tion for con­struc­tion of a round­about.

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