Road Safety Project Starting in Silver Spring
Maryland's State Highway Administration is going to widen the intersection of Piney Branch Road and University Boulevard in Silver Spring. The safety project, which starts next week, is scheduled to be done in late summer.
This fall, crews will relocate utilities and remove the concrete islands. In the spring, work will start on widening and resurfacing the roadway and installing a new median, curb and gutter.
Watch for right-lane closures in both directions of Piney Branch Road and University between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays and double lane closures between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Saturdays through Thursdays.
The project will widen the northwest corner of the intersection to provide an exclusive right turn lane from eastbound University Boulevard to southbound Piney Branch Road. The goal is to reduce congestion.
The work also involves replacing the traffic loop detectors, installing pavement markings, upgrading the sidewalks, replacing curbs and gutters, cleaning and repairing inlets and pipes, installing a concrete median, cleaning and relocating or replacing directional signs and replacing traffic signals.
That stretch of Piney Branch Road is among the most dangerous streets in Montgomery County, and the county government has launched its own safety program in the area.
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