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Crofton Road to Close for Construction

When we first moved to Crofton from California, our toddler son loved the ride between Crofton and Annapolis on Rt. 450.  His previous experience was limited to freeways and highways, so he was fascinated by the winding hills along the road, also known as Defense Highway.

Even with the subdivisions built between Crofton and Annapolis over the years since then, it’s still a beautiful drive and the route of choice for many motorists.  If you’ve ever driven it after rain, however, you’ve probably encountered high water at the headwaters of the South River.  It’s always a bit disconcerting, as drivers weigh the risk of driving through against the conservative approach of turning around to go another way.

Now the State Highway Administration has plans to close a section of Rt. 450 this month to replace the bridge over Bacon Ridge Branch, first built in 1925.  Look for detour signs next week, advising motorists of the closure.  About 8,000 cars which typically use Rt. 450 between Crofton and Annapolis each day will be directed to Route 424/Davidsonville Road and U.S. 50 during the construction.  If everything goes according to schedule, the work should be completed in September.

According to the Baltimore Sun, this $2 million project includes a new two-lane bridge with wide shoulders for bicycle and pedestrian access. To reduce flooding, the SHA will also elevate the road east of the bridge. The new bridge will be built in sections off-site and then shipped here for installation in hopes of minimizing road closure and construction time, as well as the environmental impact.

The project is being funded, in part, by an $800,000 federal grant from the Highways for Life program, which encourages innovative design, materials and techniques in bridge construction.  Be sure to click through and read about this program – you’ll probably find it interesting and you’ll be able to contribute lots of trivia to any conversations with your neighbors about the road closing.

For more information about this bridge project, call the State Highway Administration (SHA) District 5 Office at 410–841–1000. 

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