State to resurface part of Md. 27 near Mount Airy

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration has hired a contractor to resurface a more than 2-mile stretch of Ridge Road adjacent to Mount Airy, leading to one-lane closures overnight.

“What happens with asphalt and pavement in general is that it has about a 15- to 20-year surface life,” said Charlie Gischlar, a spokesman for SHA. “It’s getting to be like repairing repairs.”


The department contracted C.J. Miller LLC, a construction company based in Hampstead, to complete the 2.3-mile stretch of Md. 27 between Watersville Road and the Frederick County line, according to an SHA news release.

C.J. Miller will patch, remove the top layer of asphalt, pave and re-stripe the road, the department said.

The top layer of asphalt is the smooth finish motorists come to know, Gischlar said. The bottom layer is dirt and rocks, and the middle, base layer provides the strength.

After road crews strip away the top layer, they patch any discrepancies in the base layer to maintain the structural integrity of the road, Gischlar explained.

The project includes the ramp from Northbound Ridge Road to Eastbound Interstate 70. The department expects this segment of the resurfacing project to begin Thursday, July 19, and be completed by the beginning of August.

While the ramp is being repaired overnight, motorists will be detoured to South Main Street in Mount Airy.

Road repair crews are allowed to close one side of Md. 27 Sunday nights through Friday mornings between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. The department estimates that roughly 20,000 motorists use the 2.3-mile stretch of Ridge Road daily — but that traffic drops off considerably after 7 p.m.

SHA expects repairs for the entire stretch of road to be completed by midfall.