The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is working to improve safety along MD 140 in Carroll County with a project to add a guardrail in the median between Westminster and Finksburg.
Installation began Monday and will be complete by mid-July, weather permitting, according to an SHA news release. The new guardrail is being installed in the median of MD 140 (Baltimore Boulevard) between Market Street in Westminster and MD 91 (Emory Road/Gamber Road) in Finksburg.
SHA selected the six-mile segment based on state guidelines, which consider factors such as a roadway’s traffic volume, median width and crash history, according to SHA officials. This section of MD 140 has an average traffic volume of more than 40,000 vehicles a day and includes shopping centers, businesess, schools, homes and churches.
While the guardrail is being installed, motorists should expect shoulder closures and single-lane closures on westbound MD 140 Mondays through Fridays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and on eastbound MD 140 Mondays through Fridays between 9 a .m. and 4 p.m. SHA will use traffic cones, barrells, arrow panels and variable message signs to direct motorists through the work zone.
SHA awarded the $784,890 contract to L.S. Lee Inc. of York, Pa. Anyone with questions about traffic on MD 140 or other state-numbered routes in Carroll County may contact SHA’s District 7 office at 301-624-8100, toll-free at 800-635-5119, or by email at SHADistrict7@sha.state.md.us.
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