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High-use streets in Ellicott City will be repaved


The Howard County Department of Public Works plans to repave Main Street and Maryland Avenue in historic Ellicott City beginning Sunday.

The work is scheduled from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through May 3 to avoid traffic -- both automobile and pedestrian -- in the popular tourist area.

"It's primarily a safety issue," said Betsy McMillion, public education coordinator with Public Works.

The project will be noisy, she warned. Workers will dig up the two streets before adding a new layer of pavement.

Only one lane will be closed at a time so drivers won't have to take a detour. But people will not be able to park on the streets.

It's been at least 10 years since Main Street has been repaved, McMillion said.

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