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SHA to close West Friendship Road July 12

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration will close West Friendship Road between Forsythe Road and Md. 32 for five days beginning July 12 at 8 p.m. The road closure is part of the Md. 32 (Patuxent Freeway) improvements between Day and West Friendship roads in Howard County.

"The closure will help crews be able to pave and apply the markings safely," SHA spokesperson Valerie Burnette Edgar said.

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Edgar said crews will reopen West Friendship Road by Friday evening, July 17.

According to a SHA news release, motorists driving on northbound Md. 32 will be directed to turn left onto Sandosky Road to reach Sykesville. In addition, the left turn lane from northbound Md. 32 onto West Friendship Road will also be closed. Drivers should follow detour signs and allow extra time for travel.

The $6 million project will add a nearly-1-mile segment of Md. 32 to accommodate a continuous center turn lane, full-width shoulders signed and marked as bicycle lanes, and acceleration and right turn/deceleration lanes at the two intersections, according to the release. Other related work includes installing storm drain pipes, constructing stormwater management facilities, landscaping and reforestation.

According to the release, once the detour is lifted, motorists might encounter temporary lane closures during off-peak hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and overnight between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. SHA's contractor for the project is Kinsley Construction Inc., of Timonium. Weather permitting, the project will be complete summer 2016.

Those who have questions about this work may contact the SHA District 7 Office at 301-624-8200 or by email at shadistrict7@sha.state.md.us.

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