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Forest Drive Intersection Safety Project Will Improve Traffic Flow and Enhance Safety on MD 3 in Bowie
Council Member Todd M. Turner (D) – District 4, and City of Bowie residents are preparing for traffic changes and reduced speed limits as the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) begins improvements to MD 3 (Crain Highway) between Forest Drive and Sylvan Drive in Bowie. The $2.9 million Forest Drive Safety Improvement Project will be completed in the fall of 2019.
Council Member Turner encourages drivers and pedestrians to use caution in work zones as the road improvements get underway.
“The Forest Drive Intersection Safety Improvement Project is the result of strong advocacy by the City of Bowie, 23rd State legislative officials and Bowie residents. We are glad to see these long-awaited road improvements begin,” said Council Member Turner. “Transportation plays a critical role in our quality of life and when completed, these improvements will go a long way to ensure that residents can travel more safely and efficiently. I encourage the patience of residents, and ask that we are all mindful of the reduced speed limits and the safety of highway workers as this project gets underway.”
According to MDOT SHA, the project will increase the turning radius at the southbound MD 3-Forest Drive intersection; extend acceleration and deceleration lanes using the outside shoulder of southbound MD 3; provide right-in/right-out access to Forest Drive and left-in only access to the median crossover; and provide a marked bicycle lane on southbound MD 3. Additionally, drainage inlets and storm water management facilities will be updated and all travel lanes will be patched, milled and restriped.
MDOT SHA will also address lighting outages along Route 301 surrounding Ball Park and Heritage roads. Street light outages on the southbound ramp to US301 and the eastbound ramp to US 50 will also be repaired. Work is scheduled to begin in September. For real-time traffic conditions, visit www.md511.org.