Good news! The Maryland State Highway Administration has approved some major safety upgrades to Route 32 in Sykesville, between Day Road and West Friendship Road. Construction is expected to begin this month (and may, in fact, have already done so by the time this column goes to press).
The project will involve widening the road to accommodate a continuous center turn lane and full-width shoulders designated as bicycle lanes. Acceleration and deceleration lanes are planned for the two intersections. Of course, the effort will also include stormwater management, landscaping and reforestation.
Crews will begin by removing the center rumble strip and lane markings and shifting traffic to the southbound side so that they can begin construction on the northbound shoulder. After completing the northbound side, crews will shift traffic again so that they can work on the southbound shoulder.
Now for the downside: the project is expected to take two years, with an anticipated completion date of August 2016. Construction will take place during the off-peak hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., and temporary lane closures may occur during these times. Motorists may wish to plan alternate routes during construction hours; otherwise, they are asked to remain alert and drive slowly through the work zone.
To obtain additional information or express concerns, email project engineer Sherry Waselchalk at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the District 7 Construction Office at 301-624-8202 (toll-free 800-635-5119).
The St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Knights of Columbus organization has joined forces with the Lazarus Caucus to present the Woodstock, Maryland Music Fest on Saturday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. Gates will open at 6:30. This charity concert will feature guest artist John Sebastian, former member of the Lovin' Spoonful and a performer at the original 1969 Woodstock music festival in New York.
The event will take place, rain or shine, in a field adjacent to St. Alphonsus Church at 10800 Old Court Road, in Woodstock. Patrons should bring their own blanket or lawn chairs for seating. Beer, wine and food will be available for a nominal fee.
The Lazarus Caucus is a locally based nonprofit that aids the homeless. Proceeds from the Music Fest will support the men's shelter in Catonsville and will also help fund schooling expenses for the rural poor in India.
Would you like a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the rescue efforts at Frisky's Wildlife and Primate Sanctuary? Summer tours have already begun! The tours will all take place on Sundays — June 22, July 13 and 27, and Aug. 10 and 31 — and begin at 1 p.m.