Paving work on a busy Md. route will cause delays

WASHINGTON — A major paving project is starting Tuesday morning in southern Prince George’s County, and drivers should expect delays.

Until late August, drivers using northbound Indian Head Highway north of the Charles County line are in for extra time behind the wheel.

“Our initial phase will be to close the right lane on Northbound 210,” says Kellie Boulware, with the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Between Farmington Road and Md. 373, Boulware says, crews will do what’s called white topping. The concrete mixture is used to strengthen pavement that’s wearing thin from so much traffic.

But after they lay it, it has to cure, Boulware says, which may look to some drivers like a lane is closed and nothing is happening.

“Rest assured crews are still working on the project,” she says. “At times, drivers may not see visible activity.”

The work starts after the morning rush hour. By Wednesday, she says drivers headed toward D.C. for work will be in for a different traffic pattern.

Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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