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ICC project will check work zone lights

During our online discussion at noon Monday, a traveler and I had this exchange about driving through the Intercounty Connector work zone on I-95.

Laurel, Md.: I was driving on I-95 South this morning around 6:15 and came upon a potentially dangerous situation. Construction on the ICC is ongoing, however, this morning, the construction crew had a large bright work light aimed in a manner that was blinding to drivers on the southbound lane. Is their any way to inform them of this potential hazard?

Robert Thomson: If you see something like that and you have a cell phone with you, hit #77 to let the state police know right away. Once you reach home or office, you could use this link to contact the ICC project management office:

David Buck, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, noted the issue on the chat and said later that the ICC construction team appreciated the feedback: "The construction team will double check to make sure the light plants are not pointed into oncoming traffic while still accomplishing their goal to safely illuminate the work area."

That area is known as Contract C in the ICC construction plan. There are many reasons to drive conservatively through the I-95 work zone on both the north and south side. Among them is the presence of a speed-camera van.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 7, 2009; 4:01 PM ET
Categories:  intercounty connector  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Interstate 95, work zone  
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