Streetscape construction starts on Route 40

Construction will begin at two locations along Route 40 in Ellicott City this week to improve the aesthetics and stormwater management on the heavily trafficked corridor.

Starting on or about Wednesday, May 1, Route 40 at Wheaton Way and Chatham Road will be the locations of streetscape enhancement projects — the first of their kind under the guidelines of 2010's "Route 40 Streetscape Master Plan.

The two construction locations were chosen because they would have the greatest visual impact, the county said. The work will include stormwater management elements like a bio swale to collect and direct water, new curbing for the medians with "portions made of brick-style stamped concrete" and flowers.

"Route 40 is a vital corridor for Howard County because of the economic activity it generates and the diverse communities it supports," County Executive Ken Ulman said in a release. "These projects will benefit residents and visitors to the county while strengthening the vibrancy of the commercial centers and aiding water quality."

Other intersections will see streetscape construction in the future, county officials said.

"Since the Route 40 design manual was adopted in 2010, we've started to see private development that enhances the community character," said County Councilmember Courtney Watson, who represents Ellicott City. "These projects show the county has a role in that as well, and we're looking forward to doing more of these types of projects in the coming years."

Construction will take approximately three weeks and will be performed at night to minimize the impact on traffic.


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