The long summer, fall and winter of pain are about to begin for people who travel in the greater Bel Air area.
Harford County Public Works announced Wednesday that Moores Mill Road between Route 1 (Conowingo Road – North Hickory Avenue) and Southampton Road in Bel Air will be closed for 10 months starting on June 12.
A long planned major reconstruction of that section of the road, a heavily used bypass along the east side of Bel Air, will begin with the closure.
In addition, the county DPW said there will be no access from Majors Choice Drive to Moores Mill Road during the period of reconstruction project.
Motorists who normally travel Moores Mill Road between Southampton Road and Route 1 should make other arrangements. DPW officials said earlier some provisions would be made for access to Harford Day School and residential communities along the stretch where the work is being done; however, there will be no through traffic from Route 1 to the roundabout at Southampton and vice-versa.
The closing also means motorists traveling from the Route 1 area will not have direct access to Southampton Middle School, which is south of the roundabout.
A $2.1 million contract for improvements to Moores Mill Road in Bel Air was approved by the Harford County Board of Estimates on May 9. The contract was awarded to Comer Construction Inc. of Forest Hill.
The contract covers improvements along 4,360 feet of road. Workers with Comer will resurface the road, widen some parts of it, conduct curb and gutter and sidewalk improvements, erosion and sediment control, landscaping and more, according to bid documents.
Workers with BGE, Comcast and Verizon have spent recent months moving utility infrastructure, and county officials have been acquiring property to accommodate the widening.
Citizens with questions concerning this road project should contact the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Construction Inspections at 410-638-3217, ext. 2442, Monday through Friday during normal business hours.