The Maryland State Police, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police and the Charles County Sheriff's Office are asking motorists to use caution when traveling on Crain Highway this weekend. All but one lane of northbound I-95 will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday, July 15, to 5 a.m. Monday, July 18, due to construction on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, and traffic will be diverted onto U.S. 301.
The Sheriff's Office, State Police and Transportation Authority Police will work jointly to ensure the free flow of traffic. However, the additional cars on the roadways will likely cause significant backups on Crain Highway and other roads throughout the Charles County, so Sheriff Frederick E. Davis, Barrack Commander Lt. Randolph Stephens and Chief Gary W. McLhinney are asking motorists to be patient.
"The increased traffic could result in significant back-ups, so all of the local law enforcement agencies are asking motorists to be patient and be cautious," said Sheriff Davis. "Expect delays and plan your trips accordingly. Give yourself plenty of time to get from Point A to Point B."
Local law enforcement hope patience and caution will prevent traffic accidents, but remind citizens if they are involved in a minor traffic accident to pull the vehicles off of the traveled portion of the road and onto the shoulder. Motorists who need assistance can contact the Charles County Sheriff's Office at 301-932-2222 or the Maryland State Police at #77. In an emergency, dial 911.
"There will be additional law enforcement officers from all of our agencies available to respond to motor vehicle crashes and to assist disabled motorists," said Lt. Stephens. "In a non-emergency situation, please be patient while law enforcement responds. They will move as quickly as possible to help the people involved and to ensure the vehicles do not pose an additional traffic hazard."
For more information about the construction on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, visit www.wilsonbridge.com. Later in the summer, the southbound lanes of I-95 will close, however, the dates have not yet been announced.