Branch Av­enue lane shifts show road­work progress

New over­pass will elim­i­nate headache sig­nal

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By PAUL LAGASSE pla­[email protected]­news.com

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

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