Eldersburg residents were made aware of Veterans Day roadwork on Liberty Road, Md. 26, Sunday evening going into the early Monday hours, but were caught with traffic on Md. 32 due to repaving.
The Maryland State Highway Administration Office was closed Monday because of the holiday, but did acknowledge work was being done.
“We do have some resurfacing work we are trying to do before winter hits,” said Charlie Gischlar, an SHA spokesperson Monday afternoon. “But the office is closed today because of Veterans Day, so that’s all the information I have.”
Eldersburg resident Mary Miller posted her photos of the traffic in the Eldersburg Online Community Facebook group around 2 p.m. after being stuck in traffic for almost an hour.
“It was a mess,” Miller told the Times. “I was coming from downtown Sykesville, I was on Sandosky [Road] and trying to make a left. [It was] backed up on both sides.
“I got on [Md.] 32 and just a little ways up, the whole westbound lane was closed,” she said, “probably for 3 miles or so. … Needless to say, it took me about 45 minutes to go 5 miles.”
Almost 15 other people had commented on her photos or asked their own questions by 3 p.m.
Local resident Taylor Helmick asked the group earlier that morning what was happening because the traffic was so bad.
“It was backed up past Royal Farms nearing Springfield, at a complete stand still,” Helmick told the Times. “People were turning around.”
Miller said she thought the work was being done because of the expectation many people would be off work for the holiday.
“Only one lane [was] getting through,” she said, “then they reversed it.”
But another local resident said they’ve been seeing the road work for some time now — not just on the holiday.
“I live on [Md.] 32 and they’ve been doing this almost every weeknight for the past two weeks,” said JB Swee in a post. “They usually start construction from 8:30 to 9 p.m. and have all cones out of the way around 7 to 8, so just be prepared 😭.”
And another speculated it might have to do with the development at Warfield at Historic Sykesville that broke ground earlier this summer.
“Working on Rt. 32, getting ready for the 145 new townhomes at the Warfield Complex,” said Patti Cooper Meyer. “Redoing the road was probably part of the agreement. Oh goody, NOT!”
Around 3 p.m. Laura Lee commented, “Still stopped.”
“If you are going north and getting off in Sykesville, you are probably ok,” Lee wrote. “Otherwise take Marriottsville [Road].”
Updates on roadwork in the Eldersburg, Sykesville and Freedom areas will be posted when they are available.