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Center Turn Lane, Bike Lanes to Be Added to MD 32

The $6 million project on MD 32 from Day Road to West Friendship Road in Howard County will add turn and acceleration lanes and wider shoulders. Work on the two-year project starts next week.

MD 32 near Day Road in Howard County will be rebuilt to add a center turn lane, full shoulders for bike lanes and other improvements. Credit: State Highway Administration
MD 32 near Day Road in Howard County will be rebuilt to add a center turn lane, full shoulders for bike lanes and other improvements. Credit: State Highway Administration
From a news release:

The Maryland State Highway Administration will begin construction next week on a $6 million safety improvement project on MD 32 from Day Road to West Friendship Road in Howard County. Construction will take about two years with completion scheduled summer 2016, weather permitting.

“Improving safety along the MD 32 corridor is a top priority for SHA and for Howard County. SHA worked closely with the county and the local community to design both interim and long-term improvements to reduce crashes and enhance safety for bicyclists, pedestrians and vehicular drivers,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters.

The  project will add a nearly one-mile segment of MD 32 to accommodate a continuous center turn lane, full-width shoulders signed and marked as bicycle lanes, and acceleration and right turn/deceleration lanes at the two intersections.

Other related work includes installation of storm drain pipes, construction of stormwater management facilities, landscaping and reforestation.

During the project, drivers should anticipate temporary lane closures during off-peak hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and overnight between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The first phase of construction involves reconstructing the shoulders of MD 32, beginning with the northbound side. In preparation for this work, crews will remove the existing centerline rumble strip and pavement markings and install temporary pavement markings to shift traffic toward the southbound side, maintaining two-way traffic.

After the northbound shoulder is reconstructed, lanes will be shifted again and crews will reconstruct the southbound shoulder.

SHA’s contractor for the project is Kinsley Construction, Inc., of Timonium.

This project was made possible with funding from the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013.


Steve June 07, 2014 at 05:59 PM
Time top lace a tax on bikes. If they want to share the road share the expense.
Anna June 08, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Totally agree. The arrogance of people on bikes is astonishing especially since they put both themselves and auto traffic in jeopardy by their erratic behaviorl
Anna June 08, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Please do something far less costly like adding a shoulder on Hall Shop Road - virtually infested with people on bikes and lots of blind curves.
Steve July 14, 2014 at 10:40 PM
"infested"? like with rats or cockroaches? Anna, your rhetoric is appalling and does more to endanger cyclists than narrow shoulders. be part of the solution, not a catalyst for the problem, which is drivers who see cyclists as deserving targets.

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