A $2 million construction project by the Maryland State Highway Administration in partnership with Carroll County is expected to improve safety at the intersection of Stone Road and Maryland 97 north of Westminster.
"By relocating the end of Stone Road to move this intersection about 1,100 feet north to a flatter, straighter section of Maryland 97, this project will make it much easier for drivers on both roads to see oncoming traffic," SHA District Engineer David Coyne said. "We appreciate your patience over the coming months and remind drivers to stay alert and use caution when traveling through the work zone."
Crews began work at the site on May 28. Weather permitting, construction will be complete by the end of the year.
During construction, motorists will encounter lane shifts, narrowed lanes, and shoulder closures on Maryland 97 as crews work behind barrier walls to widen the road for new acceleration and deceleration lanes at the future intersection location.
In addition, motorists may encounter flagging operations Monday through Friday during off-peak hours, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Crews will use signs, barrels, cones and flaggers to direct traffic through the work zone.
This section of Maryland 97 has an average daily traffic volume of 14,800.
The existing Stone Road will remain open while crews build the .3-mile-long realigned section. Once construction is complete, access from Maryland 97 to the old section of Stone Road will be closed.
The new traffic pattern will provide designated turn lanes from Maryland 97 onto Stone Road and a designated right turn lane from Stone Road onto southbound Maryland 97.
Questions about the project can be directed to the SHA District Office at 301-624-8100, toll-free at 1-800-635-5119 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun