Calvert County and SHA Partner to Install New Traffic Signal Along MD 231 - Southern Maryland Headline News

Calvert County and SHA Partner to Install New Traffic Signal Along MD 231


Williams Road Light Expedited to Improve Safety at College of Southern Maryland Campus

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. - The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) today announced its partnership with the State Highway Administration (SHA) to install a new traffic signal at the intersection of Williams Road and Route 231 (Hallowing Point Road) at the College of Southern Maryland's Prince Frederick campus. Construction is scheduled to begin the week of October 30, 2006, and anticipated to be complete within 60 days, weather-permitting.

Due to BOCC concerns about difficulty accessing Route 231 from Williams Road, particularly at peak travel times, the BOCC approached SHA and asked that a traffic signal be considered at the intersection. Based on this request and the increase in attendance at the Prince Frederick campus, the BOCC and SHA reached an agreement where the BOCC would fund construction of the new signal and SHA would install the signal.

"This is an incredibly important safety improvement for everyone who uses Route 231," said David Hale, President of the BOCC. "The College of Southern Maryland has become a very popular site and many of our citizens now use the college; they need to be able to get into and out of the campus safely. This light will also provide gaps in the traffic on Route 231 so that people trying to get onto 231 from their driveways can do so safely. Keeping this improvement on schedule by having the County pay for the light now was an easy decision for the Board of County Commissioners," he added.

During the interim period, traffic control assistance will continue through the Calvert County Sheriff's Department.

"The safety of Maryland motorists is SHA's number one priority, especially for our younger drivers," said SHA District Engineer Gregory Welker. "We are pleased to partner with Calvert County to move this traffic safety improvement forward, which is a win-win for everyone."

For more information on the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration, including projects in Southern Maryland, visit http://www.sha.state.md.us/ .

For more information on the College of Southern Maryland, visit online at http://www.csmd.edu/ or call the Prince Frederick campus at 443.550.6000.

For more information on the Calvert County Department of Economic Development and the many services the County offers the business community, contact the Calvert County, Maryland Department of Economic Development at 410.535.4583, 800.331.9771 or 301.855.1880; by e-mail at info@ecalvert.com, or on the Web at http://www.ecalvert.com/ .

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