These will sometimes involve lane closings that will slow travel, though most of the activity will occur during off-peak hours. Whether or not you think workers are present, use caution in these areas.
On Wednesday night, a worker on a highway lighting project was killed when struck by a vehicle on Route 216 in Howard County.
These Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) projects are likely to be particularly noticeable because they are on major commuter routes.
Capital Beltway/University Boulevard. Drivers on University Boulevard, a major east-west link in Montgomery County, can see some preliminary work for deck replacement on the bridge over the Beltway in Silver Spring. Other work will include structural repairs, cleaning, painting and resurfacing of the bridge approaches. The SHA estimates that the project will have a moderate impact on traffic. Work is scheduled to be done in summer 2015.
Rockville Pike/Connecticut Avenue. Several state projects are underway in the hope of improving travel near the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, sandwiched between Rockville Pike and Connecticut Avenue in Bethesda. These are intended to provide relief for congestion stemming from the federal base realignment program that added patients and staff at the medical center. The work on Rockville Pike between Cedar Lane and Jones Bridge Road, which the SHA estimates has had a moderate-to-severe impact on traffic since it began in 2012, is scheduled to be done this summer. So is the widening and turn-lane addition project on Connecticut Avenue near Jones Bridge Road and Kensington Parkway, where resurfacing is scheduled over the next month.
New Hampshire Avenue. Another bridge rehabilitation project got underway this spring on New Hampshire Avenue, where this important commuter route crosses over Sligo Creek in eastern Montgomery County. A small section of Sligo Creek Parkway is temporarily closed. Drivers may encounter off-peak single-lane closings. The SHA estimated that the project, scheduled to be done in spring 2014, will have a moderate impact on traffic.
I-95 interchange. The construction of a new interchange with extended merge lanes along I-95 between the Intercounty Connector and Sandy Spring Road in Prince George’s County got underway in 2012 and is scheduled to be done in spring 2014. Although the speed limit along the interstate remains 65 mph and traffic flows well, drivers do encounter rough pavement where lanes have been shifted for the project. Speed cameras operate in this work zone.
Georgia Avenue. Resurfacing is scheduled to begin at mid-summer on Georgia Avenue between the D.C. line and 16th Street (Maryland Route 390), with an estimated completion by spring 2014. Work will require off-peak lane closings through the heart of downtown Silver Spring.