Caution ahead: Construction at Mapes and 175 on the horizon

Fort Meade’s ability to serve as a venue where service members can fight America’s wars in the cyberspace domain calls for critical infrastructure improvements, public works and transformation.

Fort Meade officials have announced plans to close Mapes Road from Ernie Pyle Street to Rose Street. The closure is scheduled to begin Friday.

Extensive work is being done by BGE to remove signal lights and transformers in preparation for the widening of Mapes Road.

Access to Rose Street will be available from Mapes during the entire construction period.

“Mapes Road will close from Ernie Pyle to Rose Street for the entire construction period,” said Dan Spicer, director of the Fort Meade Directorate of Public Works. “The construction period for the project is expected to last into summer 2019.”

During the construction, Cooper Avenue will serve as the designated detour route for personnel and residents who need to access the Llewellyn Avenue and Mapes/Route 32 access control points.

Officials said the street closure is necessary to prepare the road for widening. The post needs the additional roadway to accommodate current and projected vehicle traffic entering and exiting Fort Meade.

The intersection at Ernie Pyle Street will remain open to northbound and southbound traffic until late 2018, when improvements to the intersection are scheduled.

In late 2018, the required construction work will impact Ernie Pyle Street.

“Once construction starts on the intersection, we will need to close Ernie Pyle Street from EPA Drive to 10th Street until the intersection work is complete,” Spicer said.

During the closure, DPW will coordinate the removal of Comcast communication lines that need to be relocated for the road widening project.

DPW officials said the relocation of the lights, transformer and communication lines along Mapes Road are necessary for the contractor to start work on the west side of Erie Pyle Street.

Other Construction Slated

In related construction work, a temporary lane shift began Tuesday at the intersection of Reece Road and MD Route 175 West that will last about four to five weeks, said Floyd.

“There will still be a left-turn lane going onto the installation,” said Lt. Col. Allan Floyd, deputy garrison commander for transformation. “But, 175 will essentially shift right and go down to one westbound lane.”

Construction crews are also scheduled to switch control boxes for the traffic light at Mapes and MD 175 on Sept. 6.

“While they are switching over, the lights will not be functional,” Floyd said. “The State Highway Authority is coordinating with the state police to direct traffic during the outage, expected to last about four to five hours.”

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