Local Projects Impact Traffic Patterns
Summer is always the prime time of the year for roadway projects. Traffic volumes are down due to summer vacations, the weather is typically
dry, and there are no school bus routes to contend with. This summer is no exception and there are several projects occurring within and around the Village of River Hill that may impact residents:
Road Closure of Trotter Road – Trotter Road will close to through traffic on or about July 10 until August 26 to allow for the construction of a water and sewer main extension. The work is on Trotter Road beginning at the intersection of Trotter Crossing on the south end and extending northward to a point adjacent to the residence at 5909 Trotter Road. River Hill residents residing off of South Wind Circle and Red Clover Lane will
need to access Trotter Road from Summer Sunrise drive to reach their homes. A detour route along Rte 108 and Great Star Drive will be established to conduct traffic around the construction zone. The contractor will provide access to those who live in the closed construction zone as much as is reasonably possible. Once school begins and school busses are running, the road closure will end and the remaining work will continue until completion with one lane of traffic open through the construction corridor at all times.
Cedar Lane/Grace Drive Area – The developer of the new Simpson Mill community is in the process of making changes to the exit from MD 32 and along Cedar Lane. To accommodate traffic entering and exiting this new community, the exit ramp from westbound MD 32 will be modified and all traffic will be directed to signals at Cedar Lane. The existing concrete islands will remain to create a left turn lane for drivers accessing Grace Drive from the south. North of the exit ramp, northbound bicycle pocket lanes will be added on Cedar Lane and deceleration and acceleration lanes will be added for residents accessing Simpson Mill. A fullfledged, four-legged, signalized intersection will be installed at the Grace Drive/Cedar Lane/Simpson Mill Road intersection. Lane markings will be changed to form a painted separator for drivers who are traveling southbound on Cedar Lane to turn left onto Simpson Mill Road. All work is expected to be completed by the fall.
MD 32 Median Changes – This summer the State Highway Administration (SHA) is making changes in the MD 32 median from MD 108 to US 1. SHA is installing 28 storm water management facilities designed to improve water quality. The contractors will be working behind the concrete
barriers between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Drivers must remain alert as construction vehicles will be accessing the roadway during these times.
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