A highway engineer’s rendering of what northbound Route 2/4 in Prince Frederick will took like next summer. Notice the new traffic light ahead?

Prince Frederick, MD – A multi-phase, multi-million-dollar project that will give travelers in Prince Frederick more room is well underway. The widening and resurfacing of Route 2/4 has long been in the works and the latest construction from Fox Run Boulevard south to Commerce Lane has turned Calvert’s central town into a busy zone. At the request of the Calvert County Commissioners an engineer from the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) gave a brief overview of the current project during the board’s Aug. 7 meeting.

“The work is progressing well,” stated Calvert County Department of Public Works Director Rai Sharma

According to SHA District 5 Office Engineer Ron Ergott, the project will provide three lanes in each direction along with an auxiliary lane, bike lanes and sidewalks. Additionally, there will be drainage improvements. Utilities are also being relocated and sewer and waterline work is also underway.

The first phase of the project, which began in May, makes changes to the northbound lane from Fox Run Boulevard south to Route 402. That phase area includes the controversial Armory Square parcel. When crews began staging for the work some residents wondered if development of the parcel had begun. The staging also resulted in the cancellation of this summer’s Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department Carnival.

Phase Two involves median work from Fox Run Boulevard south to Route 231. The Commerce Lane intersection will get a new traffic signal and Commerce Lane will be reconfigured and renamed New Main Street. That phase will begin in November and is expected to be completed by January.

Phase Three will involve improvements on southbound Route 2/4 from Fox Run Boulevard to Route 231.

Ergott said the entire project will cost $22 million. State Transportation officials believe the work now in progress will make the busy corridor safer and provide traffic congestion relief.

“This is very helpful because the public can see it,” said Commissioners’ President Evan K. Salughenhoupt Jr. [R – District 3]. Slaughenhoupt noted that business owners in the Central Square Shopping Center had expressed some concerns about how the work would impact motorists coming and leaving their location. Ergott confirmed that the new traffic signal will be in place prior to the closing off of an existing access point.

Ergott said all the current project work is expected to be complete by next July.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com