U.S. 50 makeover could hinder Prince George’s traffic

WASHINGTON — Roughly 150,000 vehicles use U.S. 50 in Prince George’s County every day. Now, work is beginning to make over its eastbound lanes, and the construction might cause delays for commuters.

The construction area includes a five-and-a-half mile stretch of John Hanson Highway that begins just south of Lottsford Vista Road to the U.S. 50/MD 301 interchange near the Anne Arundel County line.

“Some of the work already began last month, in November, with most of the major construction and paving scheduled to take place in spring and summer of 2016,” said Charlie Gischlar, a spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Gischlar said the work could include single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the week, and lane closures during the weekend.

Work crews will not only repave all lanes of traffic, they will put new asphalt on several on and off ramps in the area. Some drainage improvements will also be made in the area, to help storm water move off the road faster.

Gischlar said, weather permitting, the project should be complete by late next summer.

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