After five months of construction, Moores Mill Road is open again, and just in time for the holidays.
The first portion of the two-phase, $2.1 million project wrapped up with the opening of the road on Nov. 21, five months ahead of schedule, according to Carlos L. Smith, project manager of the construction site with the Harford County Department of Public Works.
He said the first phase will be completely finished Nov. 30.
"The constructor wanted to finish the project and we wanted to finish before snowfall or inclement weather," Smith said. "We wanted the road to be open by Thanksgiving, so not to inconvenience residents."
Comer Construction, of Forest Hill, began construction June 12, working at an accelerated pace, often through many weekends, Smith said.
Phase I of the construction included a widening of the road between Route 1 (North Hickory Avenue - Conowingo Road) and the traffic circle at Southampton Road, as well as geometric improvements to soften sharp curves along the road.
A center turn lane was added near Harford Day School and the Heritage Woods Apartments for parents dropping their children off at the school and easier access to apartment complex residents, Smith said.
During the construction, the storm drain system was also repaired on Moores Mill Road.
"During heavy rain storms, the intersection of Majors Choice Road and Moores Mill would flood out and we would have to close the road until the road drained," Smith said. "We put a new underground storm drain pipe system in to deal with the flooding."
Moores Mill Road remained closed through the first phase of the construction with access only granted for residents and people traveling to and from Harford Day School and a day care center.
Smith said the county is on budget with the construction project and should not exceed the $2.1 million allotted.
Phase II will include the widening of Moores Mill Road from Business Route 1 to Route 924 (Rock Spring Road) and roadway improvements to increase sight distance at the intersections with Majors Choice Road and Old Southampton Road, Smith said.
"Phase two will probably inconvenience a number of residents and two apartment complexes along the road as well," Smith said.
Smith said the county does not have a start date for the second phase of construction. He said the county is working on securing several rights-of-way and easements along Moores Mill Road.
"There is no projected start time at this time," Smith said. "There are three properties along this section of Moores Mill Road that we are still securing easements for."
The county set up a Facebook page, to keep people updated on the progress of the project.
"We use it to send out letters to update residents and give them an estimated completion time for projects," Smith said. "The Facebook page makes it a lot easier to keep residents in the area and people who travel the road updated."