New roundabout at busy Cambridge intersection

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CAMBRIDGE – Preliminary construction has started at the MD 16 (Church Creek Road)/Woods Road intersection in Cambridge as the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) converts the existing two-way stop to a free-flowing, low-speed roundabout. The $4.1 million project will be complete by late 2017, weather permitting.
In addition to the roundabout, SHA is installing a shared-use pedestrian and bicycle path, relocating utilities, improving drainage and upgrading lighting with LED systems.
“Roundabouts not only improve safety by slowing and calming traffic, they also keep traffic moving, which reduces congestion,” said SHA District 1 Engineer Donnie Drewer. “It will only take drivers one or two times through to become comfortable with the new roundabout.”
Motorists should expect occasional lane and shoulder closures. SHA awarded the construction contract to JJID of Bear, Del. An average of 4,800 vehicles travel this stretch of MD 16 each day.
Roundabouts dramatically reduce the incidence and severity of crashes because vehicles enter the intersection at low speeds, minimizing the risk of right-angle crashes.  Roundabouts also improve intersection efficiency by keeping all traffic moving.
For more information visit Traveling Maryland’s Roundabouts.
While SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Work zone safety is in your hands.
A complete listing of current roadway projects is included in e-Road Ready 2016, the online brochure. Maryland drivers can also know before they go by calling 511 or visiting www.md511.org for live traffic updates, including construction delays and lane closures.

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