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New Traffic Signal to Begin Operation Next Month in Boyds

One of the intersections which creates some of the longest backups for commuters will become a little easier to navigate next month.

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration plans to complete construct and begin the operations of a new traffic light at the west end of Clopper Road, where it intersects with Clarksburg Road in Boyds and the nearby intersection of Clarksburg Road and Barnesville Road.

According to Charlie Gischlar, public information officer with the Maryland State Highway Administration, the SHA is anticipating completing construction on the new traffic signal in mid-October that is of course if weather permits the work to continue.

The new signal at intersection of MD-117 and MD 121 will “operate in fully actuated mode, implying signal timing will be determined by traffic volume demand at each intersection approach,” said Gischlar. “Video queue detectors, which work on the principle of video image processing, will be installed at every approach. Video detection functions to reduce the waiting time of vehicles at the traffic signal and to optimize traffic flow by detecting vehicle presence.”

In 2014, community members, as well as the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, requested that the SHA study daily congestion related concerns at the intersection. The study found that the average daily traffic volumes for each road at the intersection were 7,500 vehicles per day for MD 117/Copper Road and 4,000 vehicles per day for MD 121/Clarksburg Road. Engineers noted that the all-way stop condition at the intersection of MD 117 (Clopper Road/Clarksburg Road) and Clopper Road contributed to excessive delays during the morning peak hours of traffic. Traffic queues