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