Muddy Lane closure to continue through Oct.
ELKTON — The intersection of Red Hill Road (Route 281) and Muddy Lane will be closed through the end of the month as construction on a roundabout at that spot continues.
The Maryland State Highway Administration had originally planned to close that intersection for approximately four weeks while a major crossroad pipe installation took place. That installation is now complete, but given the fast pace of the $3.1 million project, SHA has decided to continue the closure through October so that the roundabout will be fully operational once the road reopens, said Robert Rager, SHA district community liaison.
“We know this is an inconvenience for many who live and work in the area but we believe the benefits substantially outweigh the impacts,” Rager said in an email. “Under the original plan we would be using frequent lane closures and traffic shifts to build the roundabout in segments by next spring. With just a few extra weeks of full closure, we’ll shave several months off the project and keep workers and motorists safer in the process.”
Prior to the closure, SHA met with school transportation and first responders to make sure they had the access needed, Rager said. Allan Myers Construction, of Fallston, is the contractor for the roundabout.
Meanwhile, construction continues on two other roundabouts in the county. The roundabout at Route 273 (Telegraph Road) and Appleton Road, also an Allan Myers project, is basically complete except for landscaping and “a few minor lighting items.”
But progress has been slow on another roundabout construction project at Blue Ball Road and Telegraph Road, which has run into problems with utilities and other issues. Congressional Contracting is the contractor for that project.
“The project is not progressing as quickly as we had hoped,” Rager said. “We’ve conveyed this to the contractor and are looking for better production in the coming weeks.”
Meanwhile, drivers will have a few more days to make use of Bladen Street (Route 267) to get through Charlestown as a planned detour has been delayed until Friday. Bladen Street in between Louisa Lane and Edgewater Avenue will have to be closed for about two weeks from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Drivers are encouraged to use Route 7 to exit and enter town, but a detour will also be in effect.
During the closure, SHA will use a large crane to tear down a retaining wall that was installed in the 800 block of Bladen Street as part of the ongoing sidewalk project. The concrete in that wall is failing and must be replaced.
A huge drainage infrastructure was installed at Red Hill Road and Muddy Lane prior to the construction of a roundabout.
This photo shows westbound Red Hill Road (Route 281) just prior to Muddy Lane as work on a roundabout continues.