4 dangerous intersections to be made safer along US 1 in Howard Co.

Some improvements are on the way for a dangerous section of U.S. Highway 1 in Howard County, Maryland.

The Maryland State Highway Administration said Tuesday that it has secured $3.5 million in federal funding to improve four intersections along 9 miles of the highway (also known as Washington Boulevard) from North Laurel to Elkridge.

At the intersection with Brewers Court, a pedestrian-activated signal will be installed, along with protected space in the median and more-visible crosswalks.

At the Guilford Road intersection, a pedestrian/cyclist path will be built along southbound U.S. 1 from Guilford to a nearby sidewalk. More-visible crosswalks and upgraded pedestrian crossing signals will also be added.

At the intersection with Rowanberry Drive, a new sidewalk will be built along northbound U.S. 1 between South Hanover and Old Washington roads, along with more-visible crosswalks and upgraded pedestrian-crossing signals.

And at Doctor Patel Drive intersection, a pedestrian-activated signal will be installed, along with a protected space in the median and more-visible crosswalks.

The announcement follows a February 2019 report on cyclist and pedestrian safety that singled out those intersections.

“U.S. 1 is a very heavily traveled corridor, and this project reflects MDOT’s commitment to provide a safe, efficient and interconnected network for every mode of travel: cars, buses, rail, bicycles, pedestrians and others,” said state transportation secretary Greg Slater.

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball also celebrated the upcoming project.

“Today’s announcement from MDOT is welcome news to residents and businesses on U.S. 1 as we work with the state to improve safety and access on that vital corridor in Howard County,” Ball said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Secretary Slater and his team as they prepare for the construction phase of these improvements in 2022.”

Howard County is providing consultant design funding for the project, and the state will pay for internal review and design approval.

Construction on the improvements is expected to begin next spring.

Jack Pointer

Jack Pointer is a writer and editor with a variety of news and publishing experience, including more than a decade at The Dallas Morning News and Chicago Tribune.

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