New side­walks and and traf­fic sig­nal im­prove safety in Rosedale

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The Mary­land De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MDOT SHA) is ac­ti­vat­ing a new traf­fic sig­nal on US 40 (Pu­laski High­way) at Batavia Farms Road this week as part of a $5 mil­lion project to en­hance pedes­trian and driver safety on one of Bal­ti­more County’s busiest high­ways.

Ap­prox­i­mately 38,000 ve­hi­cles per day travel the four-lane sec­tion of US 40 be­tween Ch­e­saco Av­enue and Todds Lane in Rosedale; in re­cent years, this seg­ment of US 40 has ex­pe­ri­enced a high rate of crashes — nearly seven times that of sim­i­lar road­ways.

MDOT SHA in­stalled the new traf­fic sig­nal at Batavia Farms Road in tan­dem with con­struc­tion of safety up­grades in­clud­ing new side­walks on both sides of US 40 be­tween Ch­e­saco Av­enue and Todds Lane. The im­prove­ments in­cluded clos­ing the cross­ing at Law- rence / Lor­raine Av­enue in May.

“Just try­ing to walk from point A to B was a chal­lenge in this cor­ri­dor, which had a high rate of crashes,” said Dis­trict 4 En­gi­neer Wendy Wol­cott. “En­gi­neers ob­served pedes­tri­ans cross­ing mid-block with no place to stop if ve­hi­cles were turn­ing in and out of busi­nesses. The new de­sign pro­vides side­walks, a cross­walk and a sig­nal that stops traf­fic so peo­ple can safely cross the road.”

MDOT SHA last resur­faced this one-half mile sec­tion of Pu­laski High­way in 2000. The safety en­hance­ment project was funded for con­struc­tion in spring 2015 and the project started late fall 2015. The project in­cludes con­struc­tion of the new 5-foot side­walk in com­pli­ance with the Amer­i­cans With Dis­abil­i­ties Act, curbs, gut­ters and drive­way aprons along US 40; resur­fac­ing and widen­ing the pave­ment; re­plac­ing and re­pair­ing traf­fic bar­rier end treat­ments; traf­fic sig­nal sys­tem up­grades; road­way drainage sys­tem en­hance­ments; and in­stal­la­tion of new re­flec­tive road­way signs and pave­ment mark­ings. Weather per­mit­ting, crews will com­plete the re­main­der of the project late sum­mer.

MDOT SHA’s con­trac­tor for the project is Civil Con­struc­tion, Inc. of Chev­erly. Cit­i­zens who have ques­tions about con­struc­tion work on US 40 or other State high­ways within Bal­ti­more County may con­tact MDOT SHA’s Dis­trict Four Of­fice – Con­struc­tion Divi­sion in Hunt Val­ley at 410-229-2300, toll-free at 1-866-998-0367 or by email: shadis­trict4@sha. state.md.us.

For the lat­est real-time travel in­for­ma­tion, log onto www.md511.org and log onto www.roads.mary­land. gov and click e-Road Ready for an in­ter­ac­tive, GIS-based map of MDOT SHA con­struc­tion projects.

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