Bridge construction, speed cameras coming to Route 29

Work on six major bridges isn't the only thing drivers should look out for in Howard County beginning this spring.

There will be speed cameras, too.

Those speed cameras, on northbound Route 29 near Route 40, will be the first that the State Highway Administration has brought to this county, according to a department spokeswoman.

They will photograph vehicles going more than 12 mph over the posted speed limit beginning on April 17. Warnings will be issued until May 7. After that, drivers will receive $40 citations.

This coincides with bridge rehabilitation projects, four of which will take place from this spring through summer. Those projects will be on northbound Route 29 over Route 40 and over a Route 40 ramp south of the roads' intersection; and on eastbound and westbound Route 216 over Interstate 95.

Work on Route 29 will be done one lane at a time, though up to two lanes could be closed between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Sundays through Thursdays.

There will be a detour for drivers who exit from eastbound Route 40 and head north on Route 29. Instead, they will be sent south on Route 29 and will need to loop back north via the Route 108 interchange.

That road closure will begin April 16 and continue for about two months.

Single lanes on Route 216 will be closed for an extended time.

The second phase of the project will start in mid-to-late summer on the southbound Route 29 bridges over Route 40 and Frederick Road.

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