Route 40/715 progress meeting in Aberdeen Wednesday

The Maryland State Highway Administration will hold a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) in Aberdeen to give area residents and businesses an overview of what to expect from the next phase of the Routes 40/715 construction project.

The informational meeting at Aberdeen Middle School's cafeteria, 111 Mount Royal Ave., will focus on traffic pattern changes and what drivers will experience when traveling through Aberdeen on Route 40 beginning this spring.

The 40/715 interchange improvements and upgrades to Route 715, or Short Lane as it is known locally, make up the single largest BRAC-related construction project the state has undertaken to date in the immediate area around Aberdeen Proving Ground.

The $18 million project to improve traffic and widen Route 715 between Route 40 and Aberdeen Proving Ground's Maryland gate began in the fall 2010. Soon, the second phase of the project will begin, closing the ramp from eastbound Route 40 to southbound Route 715 for one year.

The ramp to Route 715 will go from one to three lanes and there will be a new spur ramp to Route 715 North.

SHA staff will be at the meeting to answer any questions residents may have. Illustrations of the project and ramp detour will be on display, according to a SHA news release.

Those who wish to attend may arrive at any time during the meeting.

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