MD 173 signWork Requires Some Periods of Alternating Traffic; Motorists Should Plan for Extra Travel Time (August 25, 2022) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will perform bridge maintenance starting next week on the two-lane MD 173 (Fort Smallwood Road) bridge over Rock Creek, just north of the MD 607 (Hog Neck Road) intersection in Pasadena, in Anne Arundel County.Starting Monday, August 29, and continuing for about two weeks, weather permitting, work will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and will require periods of alternating traffic on the bridge. Crews will use a flagging operation to direct drivers safely through the work zone. Motorists should plan for extra travel time while work is underway to reinforce the bridge’s supporting wing wall.MDOT SHA contractor Covington Machine and Welding, of Annapolis, will perform the work. Customers who have questions about this project and other state-maintained roads may call the MDOT SHA District 5 Office at 410-841-1000 or toll-free at 1-800-331-5603.MDOT SHA works hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones for our crews as well as our customers. Drivers need to stay alert, focus on driving, and look for reduced speed limits as well as other driving pattern changes. Please drive like you work here and slow down in construction zones.Motorists in need may dial #77 on their mobile device for roadside assistance. For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, go to Project Portal. Visit our homepage at roads.maryland.gov. For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to md511.maryland.gov. Editor’s NoteFrom intersection improvements to widening and new interchange construction, MDOT SHA is investing in projects to enhance the commute and daily travel for millions of Marylanders. MDOT SHA maintains more than 2,500 bridges and 17,000 miles of non-toll state roads – the interstate, US and state numbered routes in Maryland’s 23 counties.