NORTH BEACH, Md. – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) has reopened MD 261 (Bay Avenue) between 9th Street in Calvert County and the Anne Arundel County line. Crews recently paved the two-lane roadway, covered existing signs and updated the portable variable message signs used for the temporary traffic detour. 

The temporary road closure was part of the $6.3 million MD 261 Roadway Reconstruction Project designed to raise the elevation of the roadway to reduce flooding along Bay Avenue. Flagging operations will continue to direct motorists through the work zone as crews continue construction of the remainder of the project, which is scheduled for completion in summer 2021. Learn more about the project here. 

MDOT SHA works hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones for our crews as well as our customers.  Drivers need to stay alert, focus on driving and, look for reduced speed limits, as well as other driving pattern changes.  Drive like you work here and slow down in work zones.  

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