GREAT MILLS, Md. – The Nimfa & Nena (N&N) Oriental Market recently relocated from their old location, at the intersection of Flat Iron Road and Point Lookout Road, to St. Mary’s Square over the summer. The relocation is the result of an impending construction effort to widen the road on MD Route 5.

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration website, the MD 5 Great Mills Project “provides critical multi-modal safety and traffic solutions at a key intersection in St. Mary’s County, which is undergoing major residential, workforce and commercial growth.”

The construction on Point Lookout Road will go from Great Mills Road to Indian Bridge Road.

The latest recommendations for the construction project are to widen that portion of MD Route 5 from a two-lane road to a four-lane undivided road closed section roadway. The plan also adds outside travel lanes with five-foot bicycle lanes, replaces the bridge over the St Mary’s River, and makes improvements to reduce flooding. It has also been recommended that right turns onto MD 5 westbound from Old Great Mills Road be prohibited.

Even though the Oriental Market/Carry-Out store has moved, their Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese foods have long-time customers coming with them. Some customers have told them that they prefer the new location with more parking.

The project still has some time to go before road construction is slated to start. Although the planning is complete, the design phase is not supposed to end until the fall of 2025, and construction then won’t start until the winter of 2025, pending available funds. 

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