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SHA completes Md. 32 widening project in Sykesville; Md. 27 paving to begin in Mount Airy

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration widened a nearly one-mile section of Md. 32 between Main Street and MacBeth Way in Sykesville.

The Sykesville Road highway reconstruction is set to improve access to the county’s new National Guard Freedom Readiness Center.

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“Part of the scope includes providing an entrance to the Maryland National Guard’s new Freedom Readiness Center which, upon completion, will be the largest of its kind in Maryland,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Tim Smith.

According to Smith, the new entrance construction cost is part of a $5.8 million project that was completed in partnership with Maryland Department of General Services.

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The center will be a 67,121-square-foot building located at 6501 Sykesville Road, designed to replace the existing Catonsville and Ellicott City armories, that will house approximately 10 full-time staff with 326 individuals on weekend drills, according to a Maryland Department of General Services news release following a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 12, 2018.

The highway enhancements include a second travel lane on northbound Md. 32, a new two-way left turn lane through the project limits and at the entrance into the Freedom Readiness Center.

The construction crews are also extending a large structural culvert to the Piney Branch tributary and the final landscaping work is being completed.

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Paving of Md. 27 to begin

The highway administration will also begin paving Md. 27 (Ridge Road) between Gillis Falls Road and Harrisville Road in Mount Airy on Monday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. The paving for this project will include a new left-turn and deceleration lane on Md. 27, along with wider shoulders.

The overnight work is expected to last one week, with crews working from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Monday evening through Friday morning.

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