MD 404 Traf­fic pat­tern shifts

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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.

SHA PHOTO

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.

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