Branch Avenue lane shifts show roadwork progress
New overpass will eliminate headache signal
Rains over the weekend delayed the State Highway Administration’s plans to begin changing the traffic pattern at the intersection of Branch Avenue (Md. Route 5) and Brandywine Road that will see the elimination of a traffic signal and hopefully speed up the flow of traffic through the commuter bottleneck there.
SHA crews began work Monday evening to shift traffic at several locations along the intersection just north of the Prince George’s County line that serves as a major artery in and out of the county. A single lane was closed on westbound Brandywine Road between U.S. 301 and Route 5. Drivers are being directed to a short section of Accokeek Road to Route 5 and back to westbound Brandywine Road.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, weather permitting, SHA crews planned alternate double lane closures on northbound and then southbound Route 5 at Brandywine Road, directing traffic to the new interchange overpass, according to an SHA news release.
Work on the lane shifts had originally been scheduled to begin on Sunday, but were de- layed because of rain over the weekend, SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar told the Maryland Independent.
The lane shifts will allow SHA to remove the turn signal at the Route 5 and Brandywine Road intersection, which has been a