Harford County reopened a segment of East Wheel Road in Bel Air South this week after it was closed for about five months of roadwork.
The section of road between Cedar Lane and Glenangus Drive, about .7 miles, was closed in mid-June as workers "horizontally and vertically" realigned the road, Glen Hebel, project engineer with the Harford County Department of Public Works, said.
The construction cost $1.5 million.
The road opened to traffic Wednesday; Hebel said Thursday that workers would still be out through next week taking care of minor grading, installing fences and planting trees.
He said the trees will be planted as part of agreements the county entered into with nearby property owners to acquire land to widen East Wheel; the trees will be planted to replace trees that had to be cut down to make way for the expanded road.
Hebel said the segment of road was 20 feet wide before the project began; it was widened to 24 feet, with two travel lanes, each 12 feet wide.
A 6-foot-wide grass shoulder was also created, which is on the left-hand side of the road if traveling northeast from Cedar to Glenangus.
A section of East Wheel between Laurel Bush and Patterson Mill Roads was closed for about six months in 2012, when it was realigned and "completely reconstructed," Hebel said.
The county does not plan more construction projects on Wheel Road.
"This was the last phase of our construction on Wheel Road," Hebel said of the Cedar-to-Glenangus segment.
Green Road closing
Green Road in the Norrisville area will close on Nov. 18 to accommodate maintenance to bridges Nos.19 and 122, located past Long Corner Road. Workers will close the road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for approximately five days.
Green Road begins at Jolly Acres Road and extends into Baltimore County. A temporary detour will be established to assist drivers. The detour will be incorporated within both counties, according to Harford County public works.
For more information on the project, citizens may contact Hudson Myers at 410-638-3548.