Cumberland Times-News

April 14, 2014

Where to look

E-brochure lists status of Md. road projects


Cumberland Times-News

— Drive anywhere in Maryland and it seems there is one highway construction project after another. While it is good to see our roads and bridges being upgraded, it can be nerve-wracking for anyone traveling a long distance.

A little bit of relief can be found by checking the e-Road Ready 2014 electronic construction brochure just released by the Maryland State Highway Administration.

The e-brochure can help motorists plan alternative routes to avoid traffic delays caused by highway construction. The brochure not only provides areas of major construction, but it lists Scenic Byways that can often be used as alternate routes.

The brochure takes a county-by-county look at road projects.

Allegany County projects listed are Interstate-68 work in Cumberland, which will have one phase complete in the fall of 2014 and the other in the summer of 2015; MD Route 636 Warrior Drive, which will have eastbound traffic closed this summer and work completed in fall 2014; MD 51 Oldtown Road, Comerford Road Bridge over the Potomac River, completion summer 2014; MD 36 Mount Savage Road, Mount Savage to Jennings Run Bridge, completion summer 2014, and US 40 Scenic Road (National Pike) from Shipley Road to Mountain Road, completion fall 2014,

Garrett County projects are Interstate 68 at MD 42 Friendsville Bridge, completion summer 2014; U.S. 219 Garrett Highway bridge over Cheery Creek, completion fall 2014; Interstate 68 National Freeway Shade Hollow Road to Lower New Germany Road, completion fall 2014, and MD 495 Bittinger Road at New Germany Road, completion fall 2014.

With a little planning many of us will be able to bypass these major road projects. The e-brochure helps us pinpoint problem areas from Oakland to Ocean City.