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State to Begin Major Improvements on MD-355 at Old Baltimore Road in Clarksburg

This month, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will begin an intersection improvement project at the MD-355/Frederick Road at West Old Baltimore Road. This project is approximately one-half mile in length on MD-355 between Greenridge Drive and Brink Road. The $9 million project should be complete by year end 2020.

The main part of the project is to realign the MD-355/West Old Baltimore Road intersection to 90 degrees, which will improve sight distance for drivers and bicyclists. Other work includes:

• Widening MD 355 to provide a northbound MD 355 left turn lane, acceleration and deceleration lanes on southbound MD 355 and a left turn lane on West Old Baltimore Road with MD 355;

• Reconstructing the MD 355 traffic signal to include the added turn lane;

• Milling and resurfacing existing roadways and installation of new pavement markings;

• Constructing a shared-use path, relocate 24-inch water main; and

• Replacing a drainage culvert.

Motorists can expect single lane closures on MD 355 and West Old Baltimore Road Mondays through Fridays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm and Sunday nights through Friday mornings between 7:00 pm and 6:00 am. Approximately 18,000 vehicles use this section of MD-355 daily, so motorists should leave extra commute time during construction.

MDOT SHA’s contractor for the work is Rustler Construction of Upper Marlboro.

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