Effective Thursday morning, the Maryland State Highway Administration will close the ramp from the lanes for traffic eastbound on Route 40 (Pulaski Highway/Philadelphia Boulevard) to the lanes for southbound traffic on Route 715 (Short Lane) in Aberdeen for approximately a year to continue reconstruction of the interchange.
A detour will direct drivers traveling east on Route 40 to the Aberdeen Proving Ground-Maryland Gate and those driving east to local businesses on Route 715 to stay left on Route 40 and use a new temporary traffic signal to make a left turn across Route 40 and onto a temporary interchange ramp connection to southbound Route 715, SHA said in a news release announcing the ramp closure.
The state's design-build team for the project is Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson of Hunt Valley and American Infrastructure–Maryland of Fallston. Weather permitting, the project will be completed in late summer 2013.
This ramp closure is part of SHA's $17.8 million project to improve the 40/715 interchange in conjunction with the federal and state BRAC program at APG. According to the SHA, the ramp closure and detour will allow crews to relocate and widen the ramp from one to three lanes and to provide a new spur movement from that ramp to northbound Route 715.
For questions about construction work and traffic operations at the interchange, call the SHA project field office in Aberdeen, 410-306-6295, or the toll-free project information message line, 1-855-472-7129. Or contact SHA's District 4 Office at toll free, 1-866-998-0367. The 40/715 project also has a page on SHA's website, http://www.roads.maryland.gov.