Route 5 Widening in Leonardtown Coming Soon - Southern Maryland Headline News

Route 5 Widening in Leonardtown Coming Soon

Satellite image of the affected area in Leonardtown.
Satellite image of the affected area in Leonardtown.

County Times Newspapers

HOLLYWOOD, Md. (Sept. 5, 2016)—Marrick Homes has continued to widen the portion of Route 5 through Leonardtown that directly abuts their housing development Clark's Rest, said Leonardtown Mayor Dan Burris, but the state will soon begin its effort to widen the road south of the project to the intersection with MedStar St. Mary's Hospital.

The plan, Burris said, was to pave a fifth lane on Route 5 and close each lane as it was being widened.

Marrick Homes would start widening its portion of the road soon, he said, with the state to follow sometime in the future.

"Next year the state will start grading on either side of the road," Burris told The County Times.

While Marrick Homes is widening the road on their own property, the process will be much more invasive when the lanes are the focus of construction, Burris said.

"It's going to cause some headaches," Burris said. "I'm sure it will.

"We're hoping to keep two lanes open in each direction while construction is occurring."

Route 5 through Leonardtown is one of the most heavily traveled roads in the county but is highly constricted as it runs through its business district.

This has led to a high concentration of rear end collisions between vehicles especially in the vicinity of the hospital and near Moakley Street.

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