From the State Highway Administration:
(October 14, 2010) – The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will continue highway safety enhancements to the US 1 Bel Air Bypass in Harford County by installing a double-sided traffic barrier in the median along a two-mile section of the Bypass between MD 24 (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway) and MD 924 (Rock Spring Road). Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley announced new funding for the median barrier project today as she appeared before Harford County’s state and local elected officials at the Department of Transportation’s annual meeting with the county to discuss capital improvement projects.
“This is an important safety project for Harford County residents and all those who use the US 1 Bypass,” said Secretary Swaim-Staley. “Governor Martin O’Malley has made public safety a top priority and the county’s elected leadership has made it clear that this project is a priority for Harford County residents. We are pleased to be able to fund this improvement with the goal of reducing crashes and saving lives.”
The US 1 Bel Air Bypass project is currently in the design phase and construction is expected to begin mid-summer 2011. The estimated cost of the project is $3.4 million.
SHA will install the median barrier along the undivided section of the Bypass between MD 24 and MD 924. The barrier will enhance safety by preventing vehicles from crossing over lanes, resulting in a reduction of head-on crashes.
Other SHA improvements made to the Bel Air Bypass during the past year include: installing center line rumble strips between Water Tower Way and the Winters Run Bridge, adding wider white edge lines to slow traffic and installing signs calling for “Mandatory Headlight Use” on this section of road.
Safety is SHA’s number one priority. Visit www.Chooseafetyforlife.com for more information on highway safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.