Highway project in Mount Airy to realign Md. 27 intersection

A state highway project in Mount Airy will realign sections of Md. 27 with the aim to improve safety.

The project will center on the intersection of Md. 27 (Ridge Road), Gillis Falls Road and Harrisville Road. The $2 million project is expected to begin this spring and be complete summer 2020, according to a news release from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration.


Preliminary work had already begun, a spokesperson said Tuesday night. Drivers will likely being seeing noticeable construction next week, with the start of off-peak lane closures.

The project will realign Harrisville Road and Gillis Falls Road to make the intersection more efficient and safer, according to the release. That section of the road is traversed by more than 15,000 motorists daily.

“Crews will also add left turn lanes, deceleration lanes, and wider shoulders for bicyclists. The traffic signal will be modified to include the new turn lanes,” according to the release.

“This project will make a big difference to the surrounding community and its increasing number of drivers,” said John Concannon, district engineer. “With MDOT SHA’s improvements, the intersection will be safer and traffic flow will be enhanced.”

Gradeline Construction Company Inc. of Brooklandville is the contractor for the project.

First they will install concrete barriers during off-peak hours in order to shift lanes. This phase of the project will require single-lane closures guided by flaggers on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., as well as occasional nighttime single-lane closures between midnight and 6 a.m., according to the release.

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