The sign on Route 32, as drivers head north toward Clarksville Pike, is foreboding: "Prepare!!" it says. "Freeway Ends 1 mile."
Almost immediately, the backup begins, as the road narrow from two lanes to one, and cars and trucks start a steep uphill slog toward Dayton, Glenelg and Sykesville.
After years of delays, a long-anticipated plan to widen Route 32 to four lanes through western Howard County has been funded by Gov. Larry Hogan. Nearly everyone expects the project, which would add a median and one lane in either direction to a nine-mile stretch of road between Route 108 and Interstate 70, to spur development in the area.
Supporters say the $152...