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Muddy Creek Road Update: Paving Delayed to Spring

A spokesman for the Department of Public Works said they are working with BGE to get the traffic light working.

The line painting and paving at the Muddy Creek Road intersection has all been delayed until spring when crews can work at non-peak travel hours and in better weather.

Last week’s update on the Muddy Creek Road intersection seemed to produce more questions than answers. Anne Arundel Department of Public Works spokesman Matt Diehl said the line painting wouldn’t be complete for a few more months.

Readers questioned if the paving was going to be finished soon, to which Diehl said "no."

“The short answer is no,” Diehl said. “The final paving, milling and restriping to complete Phase I of this project had to be deferred to the spring.”

Diehl said work that needs to be done can’t be done during the day because it would cause traffic problems. And the current weather conditions during the evening aren’t conducive to construction work.

“The State Highway Administration work permit, in an attempt to minimize traffic delays during the day, does not allow the needed lane closures for these activities during daytime hours,” he said. “Currently, the overnight temperatures are not consistently warm enough to complete.”

The Department of Public Works has tried to get a daytime work exception from the SHA but has not been successful. Readers have said that the temporary barrels on the road now cause their own traffic delays.

“We are attempting to find a contractor to complete the restriping during the colder night time conditions,” Diehl said. “Once the restriping is complete, the westbound barriers can be removed.”

A new traffic light has also been installed at the intersection, but has yet to be turned on. That is something Diehl said the Department of Public Works is still working out.  

“Department of Public Works is currently working with BGE to switch on the power to the new pole,” Diehl said. “I am trying to get a more specific time frame. However, working with any utility can be time consuming based on their workload demands statewide. “

Tee Vee January 31, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Unbelievable! Another delay? I think they built the new Wilson Bridge in less time! I have never seen such a small project take so long. Someone needs to light a fire under these people, all who are involved, and get this major headache completed!
Robin Anderson January 31, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Coming from muddy creek road regularly, I'd be happy if they could just get better timing on the lights. When I get up to the red light, I've watched people go into the liquor store, come out with a package, and drive away before my light turns green.
Tom Corcoran January 31, 2013 at 01:33 PM
2013 or 2014 Please clarify.
A.S January 31, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Even once they get the new light working they still have the remove the old one since its in the middle of the new lane. I'm sure that will take another 6 months. So glad I'm moving away from mayo soon.
Edgewater Dave January 31, 2013 at 03:07 PM
This has been a fiasco of public planning! Last winter 211/12 was the warmest in history and nothing was done from Sept thry April. Now the intersection sits without workers fro another six months. This would not happen in Severna Park or Crofton. Public Works, Highway Admin BGE - get on the job and get this done!
Edgewater Dave January 31, 2013 at 03:10 PM
I'm sure it will be at least 6 months getting that pole down - it is set in a huge block of concrete. Remember the wooden pole blocking the new work on Forest Drive - BGE & Verizon fought for months to get that one down. A couple of Boy Scouts with a chain saw could have taken it down in 20 minutes. Maybe we need a drunk in a big pickup truck to ram the pole in Edgewater....
Edgewater Dog January 31, 2013 at 06:35 PM
No, "The line paining" continues, it's not delayed! Nice slip, thank you Kaitlyn.
Kaitlyn Carr (Editor) January 31, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Sorry about the typo "Edgewater Dog" Thanks for pointing it out....and it was rather ironic! Thanks for reading Patch.
Melanie February 01, 2013 at 02:43 AM
More excuses... problem is, there is no one "important" enough living down on the Mayo Peninsula to get this problem pushed to an end... They think we'll just sit back and wait and not say a word. Yup, that's pretty much what's happening with the exception of occasional rants such as these...
Debra Gale June 05, 2013 at 03:29 PM
I like that they put a left turn lane from 214 to turn to 268 but there is no left turn signal, so you still have to wait, or have an accident to try and turn. Now if they would put a left turn light it would help out. Otherwise, all it does is not hold up traffic.
Lisa A June 11, 2013 at 03:16 PM
I take it this project still has a ways to go. I originally heard the right lane was supposed to go all the way from the Route 2/Route 214 intersection all the way to 468 -- with the right lane as a turn lane once it got to 468. Is that still true? That would certainly alleviate much of the afternoon back-up for those of us either going to the Mayo area on eastbound 214 or south on 468.

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