SHA construction on Route 97 north of Westminster nears completion

A relocated intersection intended to increase safety where Route 97 meets Stone Road just north of Westminster is expected to open Nov. 27, weather permitting, according to a State Highway Administration news release.

Crews are expected to open the relocated intersection Wednesday and close the old alignment of Stone Road.

In the event of rain, snow, or ice Wednesday, the traffic changes may be rescheduled for Monday morning.

Crews began work in May to relocate the end of Stone Road 1,100 feet north of the current location to provide a more level, straight connection with Route 97. By moving the intersection and widening it for new acceleration and deceleration lanes, the new traffic pattern makes it easier for the 14,800 drivers who use the intersection to see oncoming traffic on both roads, according to the release.

The new intersection includes new designated turn lanes from Route 97 onto Stone Road, and a designated right turn lane from Stone Road onto Route 97 southbound.

Portable variable message signs will remain in place for several days after the opening to remind area and visiting drivers of the new traffic pattern.

Design work on the project began in 2009 in partnership with Carroll County. The project was built by SHA contractor C.J. Miller, Inc. of Hampstead.

Questions about the project or other state projects in Carroll can eb directed to SHA's District 7 Office at 301-624-8100, toll free at 1-800-635-5119, or by email to

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