Governor Hogan just announced that he has approved funding for a new transportation project. The section of highway Route 175 near Fort Meade has always been a high-traffic area and frequently has significant bottlenecking problems. The section of 175 between Route 295 and Mapes Road will increase from two lanes to six lanes.
The Governor acknowledged that this section of highway has been plaguing Anne Arundel County for a long time. As Fort Meade continues to grow, the thousands of employees who rely on 175 to get to work every day deserve better infrastructure. With so many additional lanes, safety on 175 will greatly improve for drivers, and likely result in fewer accidents. However, during the time of construction, it will be a tricky travel environment for drivers with construction zones. Work on this project is not scheduled to begin until Fall 2018.
Other sections of 175 are also expected to see expansion in the coming years to improve the traffic flow and continue to make it safer for drivers.
Always remember, when driving in construction zones to remain vigilant. Although construction workers on the side of highways appear safe standing behind concrete barriers, sometimes it is only cones that stand between the worker and speeding vehicles. Numerous road work signs alert drivers to be cautious and slow down when driving through construction zones. Oftentimes, speed cameras are set up in work zones to catch drivers disobeying the speed limit, however, some drivers disregard the warnings and continue to drive fast and recklessly through these work zones. Construction workers on the side of the highways should be able to feel safe while they do their job, and should never have to worry about watching out for cars crashing into them. But unfortunately these types of tragic accidents happen every day.
Construction zones and work zones on highways usually bring new traffic patterns, including numerous lane shifts and closures. Drivers must be even more cautious and aware of where they are going in order to avoid accidents involving other vehicles or construction workers.
Stay alert and look out for construction workers
Drive slow and obey the speed limit
Pay attention to road signs and message boards
Avoid distractions (i.e. cell phones)
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