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Two Road Changes Coming for ICC Project

Drivers are going to notice changes in road patterns starting tonight and tomorrow night on opposite sides of Maryland's intercounty connector highway project.

Starting tonight, the Maryland State Highway Administration plans to close two lanes in both directions on Shady Grove Road between I-370 and Route 115. This is part of the contruction for a highway bridge over Shady Grove Road.

The lane closures, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., will last for four nights. Shady Grove Road traffic will merge into single lanes in both directions.

This segment of the six-lane connector highway project stretches from I-370 to east of Georgia Avenue and is known as "Contract A." It is scheduled to open late 2010 or early 2011, and as of early November, was about 30 percent done.

Starting Monday night, another connector realignment will occur on Interstate 95. From 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., southbound traffic between Sandy Spring Road and Calverton Road will begin a lane shift that will take three nights to complete. During that time, there will be double lane closures.

Delays are very likely, and nighttime drivers should consider using the Baltimore Washington Parkway instead.

The lane shifting helps prepares the way for construction of an intercounty connector interchange with I-95. This zone of the connector highway is known as "Contract C," and stretches from Route 29 to I-95. It's scheduled to open in late 2011 or early 2012.

Drivers in this work zone still will have the usual four through lanes, but they'll be moving through an area with concrete barriers, narrower lanes and a closed left shoulder. The right lane will remain 12 feet wide and the 10-foot right shoulder will remain open for the duration of the shift, which is likely to last 10 months.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 16, 2008; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Construction  
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