(July 25, 2013) – The State Highway Administration (SHA) is resurfacing roadways, upgrading sidewalks and improving drainage in two locations in Cecil County beginning late July and early August.   The projects will provide improvements to MD 282 (West Main Street) in Cecilton, and to MD 222 (Susquehanna River Road) just north of Perryville.
In Cecilton construction will begin Monday, July 29 along one-half mile of MD 282 from the western corporate limits of Cecilton to MD 213 (Bohemia Avenue).  Road resurfacing and replacement of sidewalks will be take place on both sides of West Main Street; all work is expected to be complete by spring 2014, weather permitting.  SHA awarded the nearly $500,000 road resurfacing and sidewalk project to David A. Bramble, Inc. of Chestertown.
The second project, just north of Perryville, will be along 1.75 miles of MD 222 from US 40 (Pulaski Highway) to I-95 (John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway). This project begins Monday, August 5 and is expected to be complete by late 2013, weather permitting. SHA awarded the $1 million contract for the MD 222 improvements to Daisy Concrete, Inc., of Newport, DE.
“SHA is pleased these improvements that benefit motorists and pedestrians in Cecil County will start this summer,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters.  “Drivers should use extra caution as they adjust to the single lane closures in both work zones.”
Both Cecil County projects include grinding, patching, placement of asphalt, and sidewalk upgrades with new ramps, curbs, warning surfaces and curbs, to make them compliant with current ADA standards.  The work area will also include cleaning of stormwater pipes and the addition of some drainage inlets. The MD 222 project also includes upgrading of existing traffic barrier along the highway.
Motorists should expect single lane closures on both highways (MD 282 and MD 222) Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The contractor will use cones and barrels together with a flagging operation as needed, to direct traffic during the work.
This project was made possible with funding from the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, which maintains crucial system preservation investments and allows Maryland to activate long-term strategies to invest in Maryland’s transportation systems. By putting people back to work in the transportation industry with $4.4 billion in new investments in the next six years, Maryland is creating hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity and providing Marylanders with the transportation infrastructure necessary to grow and prosper for decades to come.
While SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes.  Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely.  Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For Everyone!
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