SHA to Resurface Five Miles of Capital Belway and Md 4 in P.G. County

BALTIMORE (May 12, 2010) - Next week, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) begins a $4.3 million safety and resurfacing project on 4.6 miles of northbound I-95/I-495 (Capital Beltway) between MD 5 (Branch Avenue) and D’Arcy Road, a half-mile of MD 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue) between I-95/I-495 and Old Marlboro Pike/Westphalia Road, and the exit ramp from Forestville Road/MD 337 to northbound I-95/I-495 in Prince George’s County.

The project will improve the ride quality for more than 180,000 motorists on I-95/I-495, nearly 53,000 motorists on MD 4, and close to 4,000 motorists on Forestville Road/MD 337. These sections of roadway were last resurfaced in 2001 and the current pavement is reaching the end of its service life.

Work includes:

• Grinding and resurfacing northbound I-95/I-495 between MD 5 and D’Arcy Road;

• Grinding and resurfacing MD 4 between I-95/I-495 and Westphalia Road/Old Marlboro Pike and the ramps to and from MD 4 to access northbound I-95/I-495, replacing traffic loop detectors in the turn lanes, and installing new video detection for the through lanes at the intersection of MD 4 and Westphalia Road/Old Marlboro Pike, and;

• Grinding and resurfacing the Forestville Road/ MD 337 (Allentown Road) ramp to northbound I-95/I-495.

Other work includes repairing/replacing existing inlets, cleaning pipes, roadway patching, repairing/replacing guardrail, repairing/replacing concrete curb and gutter, and installing new pavement markings.

Motorists may experience delays on I-95/I-495 and MD 4 during construction. Single lane closures will occur Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and overnight Monday through Friday between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Double lane closures can be expected overnight Sunday through Thursday between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Ramps will be closed one at a time for resurfacing overnight Sunday through Thursday between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. The ramp closures are not anticipated until late-fall, and detours will be posted.

SHA will use flaggers, variable message signs, jersey barrier wall, drums, and arrow boards to guide motorists through the work zone. SHA awarded the contract to Aggregate Industries, Inc.

These projects are funded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

Citizens who have questions about traffic operations on I-95/I-495, MD 4, or other state numbered routes in Prince George’s County may call SHA’s District 3 Office at 301-513-7300 or toll free at 1-800-749-0737. Citizens can also subscribe to the District 3 RSS feed at .

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