MD 404 Traffic pattern shifts
QUEEN ANNE — Beginning Thursday, Jan. 26, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration temporarily shifted MD 404 (Queen Anne Highway) traffic onto a new two-mile section of roadway between Fox Meadow Road/ Church Lane and Owens Road/ Newtown Road. This is the segment under construction near US 50.
The new traffic pattern is to expedite construction of several large box culverts and pipes under the old MD 404 roadway. The temporary shift completely removes traffic from the immediate work area, improving safety for workers and motorists, as well as reducing congestion by minimizing flagging operations at the west end of the $160 million, 9.2-mile MD 404 dualization project, said Bob Rager, SHA spokesman.
Crews have been taking advantage of relatively mild winter weather to build what will become the westbound lanes of the dual highway. Temporarily placing all MD 404 traffic on this new section is a critical step in keeping the priority project on-track for completion by November of this year, Rager said.
As previously reported, the project’s aggressive schedule – constructing 9.2 miles of four-lane, divided highway in less than 18 months – means that motorists will see substantial construction activity throughout the busy summer travel season.
Rager said if you must travel through the MD 404 work zone, allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Expect multiple flagging operations and delays as well as a reduced work zone speed limit of 45 mph.
At the east end of the temporary shift, traffic will crossover to and from the “new” MD 404 roadway (right) near the Fox Meadow Road/Church Lane intersection.