Officials: Be Prepared For Road Construction This Summer

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As the summer months draw closer, some drivers are already charting trips to their vacations. But there’s a warning from state highway workers.

Gigi Barnett explains many drivers will have to go through construction first.

Many Maryland drivers will see construction zones this summer before hitting their favorite vacation spot. State highway workers say some of the projects are already underway.

“We recognize it can be frustrating to encounter work zones in the middle of your summer travel plans but people should expect to see construction this spring, summer and fall,” said SHA Administrator Melinda Peters.

State troopers say they’ll be watching, especially for drivers breaking the speed limit in construction zones.

“You have to understand that in 2010, 496 lives were claimed on Maryland roadways. A majority of those…were caused by speeding,” said Peters.

And many of the victims were construction workers. The State Highway Administration says drivers can track construction zones on its website and find the best routes around them.

But if they have to go through the construction area, the warning is clear.

“Slow down and pay attention. It’s important that they are alert and follow the speed zones through our work zones for their safety, as well as our workers’ safety,” Peters said.

The State Highway Administration has about four bridge projects along the Baltimore Beltway planned for this summer, as well as countless other projects across the state.

For a list of the current and future construction zones, click here.

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