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Moores Mill Road in Bel Air reopens following nearly year-long reconstruction project

A stretch of Moores Mill Road between Business Route 1 and Route 924 in Bel Air was reopened April 1 after being closed for nearly a year for a reconstruction project.
A stretch of Moores Mill Road between Business Route 1 and Route 924 in Bel Air was reopened April 1 after being closed for nearly a year for a reconstruction project. (Courtesy Harford County Government)

After almost a year, Moores Mill Road reopened Wednesday between U.S. Business Route 1 and Route 924 in Bel Air following a major reconstruction project.

The roughly $2.6 million project included improvements to the drainage system and sight distance, roadway realignment, new sidewalks and a crosswalk for the future Ma & Pa Trail connection between Williams Street and Blake’s Venture Park, according to a news release from Harford County Government. The roadway was also resurfaced along with Mayfield Drive.

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Work to complete the crosswalk and center turn lane arrows will continue over the next two weeks.

Drivers should be careful as they get used to the new traffic patterns and obey the posted speed limit at all times, the release states.

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“Harford County Department of Public Works, Highways Division, thanks the public for their patience during this extensive project,” the release states.

Work on the .65-mile stretch of highway began last April, and it was closed in early May of 2019 for what was expected to be about five months, but ultimately lasted closer to 11.

Utility issues plagued the project, starting in November 2018, when the county had originally planned to close the section of the road for two months, reopen it, then close it again in the spring a second phase of construction.

The winter closure was canceled with all work scheduled for the spring after a water service connection on Chesney Lane had to be relocated along with a storm drain line.

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More utility conflicts and relocations “severely impacted” the project, causing the reopening of the road to be delayed, according to the Moores Mill Road Reconstruction Facebook page, which is maintained by Harford County Government.

Mild weather allowed construction work to continue through the winter months and be completed this spring.

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