… Various upgrades to be installed in $632K project …
By Loni Ingraham
The State Highway Administration is beginning work on a $632,000 project to improve the Towson Roundabout.
Traffic will be affected at night during the various construction segments. The work was scheduled to start Tuesday, April 26, and continue through this summer.
The project includes six phases — five of them corresponding to the five legs of the roundabout: East Joppa Road, Dulaney Valley Road, York Road north of the roundabout, Allegheny Avenue/West Joppa Road west of the roundabout and York Road south of the roundabout.
The sixth phase, at the end, will require weekend total roundabout closures for resurfacing and installation of pavement markings.
Crews will work in area around the roundabout Sundays through Thursdays, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next morning, through late summer.
But SHA officials say no work will be scheduled on weekends between 5 a.m. Fridays and 9 p.m. Sundays.
During construction periods, SHA encourages travelers to use the Towson Bypass — Bosley Avenue and West Burke Avenue.
SHA District 4 Engineer David Peake said that the administration is working with the county “to enhance safety and pedestrian access to the roundabout.”
In short, much of the work will involve making permanent the temporary changes that were instituted in 2008 to make the roundabout predestrian friendly, as well as minor additional improvements.
For instance, designated turn lanes and signs that were installed in 2008 were designed to reduce traffic speed and conflicts, give drivers clearer direction and make life easier for pedestrians in the roundabout crosswalks.
The work this year will produce upgraded pedestrian crosswalks, relocated gutters and sidewalks, and new concrete curbs, and include resurfacing and the painting of lane demarcations.
Crews will start with work on the right lane of westbound East Joppa Road approaching the roundabout.
As work progresses, crews may shift traffic and close and detour various legs of the roundabout on weeknights for a few weeks at a time.
SHA contractor Machado Construction Company, Inc. of Baltimore expects to complete the work by late summer, weather permitting.
For information about the project, call SHA’s District 4 Construction Division at 410-229-2420, toll-free at 1-866-998-0367 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.