Open House Wed. to Focus on Heavily-Traveled Stretch of MD 5 near Leonardtown

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The State is studying what to do with the dangerous strip of Route 5 in Leonardtown between MD 243 and 245. The four-lane road is lined with businesses and residential driveways, yet lacks left turn lanes and a right shoulder. Motorists typically exceed the speed limit and trying to enter onto the road during busy hours is often hazardous.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Dec. 9, 2008)—The State Highway Administration announced they are holding an informational open house regarding the Project Planning Study for MD 5 between MD 243 and MD 245 near Leonardtown. This is a self-paced, walk through open house where citizens can view project plans. There is no formal presentation. Traffic engineers will be on hand to answer questions.

The open house will be held Wednesday, December 10, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall at 22733 Lawrence Ave.

The SHA is enouraging area residents, business and property owners, and commuters who use MD 5 in the Leonardtown area to attend.

The MD 5 Project Planning Study was initiated in January 2007. Since then, SHA has gathered significant data and commenced detailed environmental and traffic studies. This meeting will provide the public with updates on the planning process, purpose and need, preliminary alternatives and potential environmental impacts associated with this project.

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