The county commissioners approved a plan yesterday that will detour traffic during the initial reconstruction phase of Obrecht Road in South Carroll.
Plans call for realigning what is a winding road with poor sight distance from Route 97 to White Rock Road. The second phase will take Obrecht to Route 32 in or near the town of Sykesville.
J. Michael Evans, county director of public works, has recommended closing the one-mile segment to traffic from Route 97 east to White Rock for the duration of the work, which is expected to take most of the construction season next year.
"With design of the project nearly complete, we have to determine how we will handle traffic," said Evans. "We are recommending closing the road and detouring traffic."
Instead of hiring crews to direct traffic, it will be more cost-effective to close the road for the project, which includes replacing a small bridge, said Evans. Traffic northbound on Route 97 will continue on the highway to Route 26, travel east to White Rock Road and south back to Obrecht Road.
The county has budgeted $1.1 million for the first of two phases to realign the road.
Officials expect to put the project out to bid late this year and begin construction in early spring.