Annapolis, Md. — The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) completed and opened the MD 234 (Budds Creek Road)/ MD 242 (Colton Point Road) roundabout in Clements, St. Mary’s County. Construction started in late-fall 2016 and opened to traffic late-October 2017, slightly ahead of schedule.
This $3.5 million project replaced the four-way intersection with a single-lane roundabout. The project includes splitter islands and truck aprons to help guide passenger vehicles, large commercial trucks and farm equipment safely through the intersection. Approximately 10,000 vehicles travel through the intersection each day.
“The success of this project is directly attributable to the partnership and understanding that existed between MDOT SHA, the contractor, elected officials, and the community,” said MDOT SHA District Engineer Corren Johnson. “When there were business entrance or farm equipment maneuverability concerns, our collective focus on solutions kept this project on schedule.”
The Clements Roundabout is a recent addition to a growing list of more than 70 roundabouts statewide, improving safety for thousands of motorists. Their design has successfully decreased fatalities on area roads and saved the lives of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
Learn more about MDOT SHA roundabouts at http://www.roads.maryland.gov/Pages/roundabouts.aspx.