Muddy Lane clo­sure to con­tinue through Oct.

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF ROBERT RAGER/SHA

A huge drainage in­fras­truc­ture was in­stalled at Red Hill Road and Muddy Lane prior to the con­struc­tion of a round­about.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF ROBERT RAGER/SHA

This photo shows west­bound Red Hill Road (Route 281) just prior to Muddy Lane as work on a round­about con­tin­ues.

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