The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) has announced the next phase of design and construction of the interchange planned at MD 32 and Linden Church Road. The project, to improve safety and alleviate traffic, will replace the two existing intersections at MD 32 and East and West Linden Church Roads with a full diamond interchange and a new bridge over MD 32. The interchange is schedule to open to traffic in fall 2013.
Beginning in mid-July, contractors will start clearing trees and creating a staging area. They will then begin excavating and moving dirt to increase the elevation on the west side of MD 32 so the bridge can be constructed.
During construction, north and south bound traffic will be permitted during daytime hours. However, in order to enable the construction of the center bridge support, traffic will split in the area where the auxiliary turn lanes currently exist. Single lane closures are scheduled to occur overnight between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. and flagging operations will be in place. Motorists should expect travel delays during construction.
Temporary detours will be required. During construction, traffic entering MD 32 from West Linden Church road will be unable to turn left (northbound) onto MD 32 (towards I-70). Traffic on Ten Oaks Road wishing to access MD 32 northbound will be detoured to the Burntwoods Road interchange to continue north on MD 32. Traffic traveling from MD 32 to East Linden Church Road will use a temporary connection from Greenberry Lane to Broadwater Lane to allow construction of the ramp from MD 32 northbound to Linden Church Road. Ten Oaks Road will be closed for a short period during construction, and traffic will be detoured to the MD 108 interchange. This closure will occur during the summer when traffic volumes are lower and schools are closed.
Bicycle traffic on the shoulder of MD 32 southbound will be detoured to Ten Oaks Road during the construction of the center bridge pier. Bicycle traffic on MD 32 northbound will be maintained. For additional information on this project, please visit SHA’s website at www.roads.maryland.gov and click on Projects and Studies.