PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (June 26, 2008)—The Calvert County Sheriff's Office today announced plans for managing traffic for the upcoming Fourth of July fireworks displays in Chesapeake Beach on July 3 and Solomons Island on July 4.
Traffic Plan for Chesapeake Beach Fireworks on Thursday, July 3
Traffic north of Rt. 260 along Rt. 261 - North Beach and Chesapeake Beach Traffic on the east side of Rt. 261 must make a right turn to exit 5th Street to Boyd's Turn to Rt. 260. Traffic on the west side of Rt. 261 must make a right turn and exit utilizing 27th Street to G Street to Rt. 260.
Traffic south of Rt. 260 along Rt. 261 - Chesapeake Beach Traffic on the east side of Rt. 261 must make a right turn and use Rt. 260. Traffic on the west side of Rt. 261 must turn right and continue along Rt. 261 to Ponds Wood Road and proceed to Maryland Rt. 4.
This traffic plan is set up to eliminate all left hand turns, thus eliminating the need to stop traffic randomly. This plan will enable traffic to flow freely without stopping.
The Maryland State Highway Administration, Calvert County Highway Maintenance, North Beach Public Works, and Chesapeake Beach Public Works will assist with road closures.
The center line of Maryland Route 261 will be blocked with delineation devices which will prohibit vehicles from making U-Turns.
The Calvert County Sheriff's Office will provide deputies at heavily traveled intersections to ensure compliance with the traffic plan.
Traffic Plan For Solomons Fireworks on Friday, July 4
All southbound traffic will be prohibited from gaining access to Solomons Island for approximately one hour after the fireworks display ends.
There will be a sign on the north end of Glascock Field indicating the exit on that end of the field will be for St. Mary's County traffic only. The road in front of the Solomon's Island Visitor Center will be shut down completely from the St. Mary's exit from Glascock Field to Rt. 2. The parking lot in front of the Visitor's Center will be utilized for the buses as a drop off and turn around. Traffic exiting Glascock Field to proceed north on Rt. 2 will be stopped momentarily to allow the buses to exit from the Visitor's Center.
The exit from Glascock Field to Rt. 2 will allow traffic to flow northbound in the southbound lane. This traffic will exit onto Rt. 4 north at the exit across from Roy Rogers. There will be lane delineation devices separating the northbound and southbound lanes of Maryland Rt. 2 from Glascock Field to the exit onto Rt. 4.
All traffic leaving Solomon's Island beyond Glascock Field will continue north along Rt. 2 to the access to Rt. 4 just north of Boomerangs Restaurant. If this traffic needs to go south they can proceed to the light at Patuxent Point Parkway to make the left onto southbound Rt. 4.
The access for southbound traffic to exit to go under the Thomas Johnson Bridge will be blocked with delineating devices.
The exit for northbound traffic to gain access onto Rt. 2 at the base of the bridge will be blocked with delineating devices.
The median crossovers in front of Patuxent Plaza and the Navy Rec. Center will be blocked off with delineating devices.
All traffic exiting Dowell Road will be denied access to Rt. 4 at Dowell Rd. Dowell Road traffic will be made to turn right onto Rt. 765 to Coster Road. Dowell Road traffic that needs to go south will continue to the light at Rt. 760 to gain access to the southbound lanes of Rt. 4.
The Maryland State Highway Administration and the Calvert County Highway Maintenance Department will assist with traffic direction.
There will be deputies posted at all intersections with heavy traffic flow to ensure compliance with the traffic flow plan.