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SHA Begins Restoration of West Street Sidewalk in Annapolis

Upgrades to Current ADA Standards Beginning This Sunday

Annapolis, MD (3-22-12) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen wants residents to be aware that the State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin work on a portion of MD 450 (West Street) this Sunday, March 25 at 9:00 p.m. 

The project will improve pedestrian access by providing wider sidewalks that are fully compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  

The overall project is anticipated to take at least nine months and will upgrade nearly two miles of MD 450 (West Street) between MD 2 (Solomons Island Road) and MD 435 (Taylor Avenue at Westgate Circle).  When completed, this project will connect hundreds of businesses and residences, providing continuous pedestrian and wheelchair access from one end of the corridor to the other. Pedestrian safety will also be improved. SHA is installing wider sidewalks and eliminating utility pole "pinch points" to help keep pedestrians out of West Street travel lanes.

Work on the first of three sections will begin Sunday and includes the four-lane stretch of roadway from MD 2 (Solomons Island Road) to approximately Legion Ave.  This portion of the project is anticipated to take at least two months and all work is expected to be done between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. to minimize the impact on traffic.

Later, work on the middle three-lane section will take place during daytime hours of 
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. but only during summer months when Anne Arundel County public schools are not in session.  The final phase will be in the two-lane section that ends at Westgate Circle and construction hours will be from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.  Please note that the three phases may not flow in succession.

In each section, work areas will be limited to one block or approximately 1,000 feet at a time.  Pedestrian, business and home access will be maintained at all times during construction.  

SHA awarded a $1.4 million contract for this project to Anchor Construction of Washington, DC.  

Each day more than 30,000 vehicles travel MD 450 at MD 2, and about 15,000 vehicles travel MD 450 through Westgate Circle.  As crews strive to keep work zones safe, each driver must stay alert, look for reduced speed limits, and be especially aware of highway workers. 

Questions should be directed to Bryan L. Cornelius, Project Engineer, at (410) 880-3055 or bcornelius@gpinet.com.