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Traffic Shift on U.S. 301 Planned for Work on Culvert System

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The floor of a large box culvert system takes shape along the northbound lanes of US. 301. (Photo: Maryland State Highway Administration) The floor of a large box culvert system takes shape along the northbound lanes of US. 301. (Photo: Maryland State Highway Administration)

QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY, Md. - Motorists on U.S. 301 in Queen Anne's County will soon have to deal with a traffic shift that could cause delays over the next few months.

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration says that starting on Monday, September 28, it will shift all southbound traffic on U.S. 301 onto the right shoulder between MD 305 and MD 304 in Queen Anne's County. Along with this traffic shift, SHA officials says the U.S. 301 J-turn just north of MD 304 will be closed. 

The SHA says this new traffic pattern will be in place for approximately two months as crews work to construct a box culvert system that will carry a stream under U.S. 301. Motorists, particularly morning commuters and truckers, are urged to plan ahead and consider alternate routes and off-peak travel times if possible.

SHA says the current northbound U.S. 301 configuration, with the left travel lane open and a stop condition for traffic coming from westbound MD 304, will remain in place at this time. A shift to the right lane is expected sometime in October.

These temporary changes will allow crews to work on building the box culvert system, a key environmental step in the overall project to create the new grade-separated interchange with roundabouts at U.S. 301 and MD 304, SHA officials say. With a 24/7 pumping operation, SHA is maintaining stream flow throughout construction. This helps ensure downstream wildlife across U.S. 301 have an adequate water supply, and prevents the stream from flooding the nearby wooded habitat during heavy rains.

SHA awarded the $30 million construction contract to David A. Bramble of Chestertown. An average of 20,000 vehicles travel this portion of US 301 each day.

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