Wheel Road closure

Wheel Road southeast of Bel Air, between Glenangus Drive and Cedar Lane, will be closed for reconstruction sometime this week. The detour will be in place for approximately five months, according to Harford Couny Highways. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, The Aegis / June 24, 2013)

Another segment of Wheel Road near Bel Air is scheduled to be closed to through traffic this week, as the final phase begins on the major reconstruction of the road that links several communities south and east of the county seat.

The Harford County Department of Public Works said it will begin Phase 2B of the Wheel Road Improvements Project on or around this Wednesday, June 26. The affected portion of Wheel Road is the segment between Cedar Lane and Glenangus Drive.

The county posted signs along the road last week that state the closure was to begin Monday, although a later media advisory stated the start date for the work would be Wednesday.

During construction, which is expected to take five to six months, this portion of Wheel Road will be closed to through traffic; however access to homes within the limits of the construction zone will be maintained at all times, the county said in a media advisory issued Thursday.

This third and final phase of the project, the advisory notes, and will consist of road construction, realignment to reduce hazards, installation of storm drain pipe and construction of retaining walls.

In March, the Harford County Board of Estimates awarded a $1.5 million contract to Daisy Concrete Inc. of Maryland, which is headquartered in Edgewood.

At the time, Glen Hebel, the project manager from the Department of Public Works, told board members the project would involve about seven-tenths of a mile of Wheel Road. He also said the work would not begin until schools let out for the summer and would be completed in November.

Another segment of Wheel, between Laurel Bush and Patterson Mill Roads, was closed from mid-June to late November of 2012 for improvements.

In all, the Wheel Road reconstruction project – from Laurel Bush to Glenangus – is budgeted for $8.8 million, according to the most recent county budget documents. The total includes about $1.5 million spent to install a roundabout at the Wheel and Laurel Bush intersection.

The Department of Public Works has set up a Facebook page where information and updates on this project can be found.

Any questions regarding this project can be directed to Glen Hebel, the project engineer, at 410-638-3509, ext. 1344 or gchebel@harfordcountymd.gov.