Paving Md. Route 201 at U.S. Route 50
Posted by WTOP/Dave Dildine
It's paving season. Local transportation departments and their contractors are out in force with milling machines and steamrollers. On the heels of work zone awareness week
, we're extra mindful of why it's important to slow down when passing their cones and to keep a close eye on the flaggers.
A WTOP listener writes:
"For the past few weeks, there’s been an electronic sign warning of imminent closure of the ramp from NB Kenilworth Ave. to EB 50. Any idea what’s going on?"
The temporary, overnight ramp closure from northbound Md. Route 201 to eastbound U.S. Route 50 is a part of a Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration resurfacing project.
Before we go any farther, yes, those are the same northbound lanes that emerge off of D.C. Route 295. Beyond Eastern Avenue, the short segment of highway between the District Line and Route 50 is designated as Md. Route 201 before the old Kenilworth Avenue, signed as Md. 201, swings under the Baltimore-Washington Parkway toward Bladensburg. Confusing? Many think so.
Northbound traffic on Route 201 is seen approaching Route 50 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Through late May, expect occasional single lane closures on that short stretch of Route 201 weeknights between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m.
To get the work done before the busy Memorial Day travel period, MDOT SHA said there is also some daytime work planned to expedite to project.
The SHA is only responsible for maintenance of the southern and eastern side of this interchange. The National Park Service maintains the northern carriageway and the ramps to and from the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.