By the Maryland Department of Transportation
Annapolis Road-MD Route 175 is undergoing an upgrade and it could have an impact on Fort Meade residents and workforce.
Work began in early December and is ongoing until 2019, according to the Maryland State Highway Authority.
The MD 175 Corridor Project includes widening MD Route 175 from a two-lane undivided highway to a six-lane divided highway with a median, hiker/biker trail, sidewalks and on-road bicycle facilities.
Part of the preliminary work will take place near the school entrances for Meade High School and Meade Middle School for utility relocation and fence removal along eastbound MD Route 175. However, the construction activity will not block the entrance or exit at either school entrance.
The overall MD 175 improvement project is a 1.1-mile section of road between Reece Road and Disney Road and includes:
- Clearing along the eastbound side of MD Route 175; no lane closures
- Installing a new security fence along eastern MD Route 175
- A concrete barrier will be placed along the outside shoulder, allowing crews to set a concrete barrier. Crews will work behind the barrier wall for the next several weeks.
- Constructing a six-lane divided highway on new alignment including storm water management and drainage facilities
- Installing and relocating water and sanitary service lines
- Constructing a new service road (F Street), shared use path along eastbound and westbound MD Route 175 sidewalks
- Shifting of travel lanes along eastbound MD Route 175
For more information, visit the SHA website at http://www.roads.maryland.gov and go to the Project pages.