Starting Friday, June 28, drivers who usually travel on MD 450 will have to take a detour route for a few days.
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will replace four culverts on MD 450 (Defense Highway) over tributaries to Bacon Ridge Branch, a tributary to the South River. The road work is an effort to upgrade the aging culverts and reduce flooding issues in the area.
According to MDOT SHA, the project includes replacing the current culverts with new reinforced concrete pipes, completing necessary paving and restriping, and installing new guardrail.
MDOT SHA officials said, in order to complete the project, MD 450 will close for two weekends from Friday, June 28, at 11:45 p.m. until Monday, July 1, at 5 a.m. and Friday, July 12, at 11:45 p.m. until Monday, July 15, at 5 a.m.
Travelers will be detoured to US 50/US 301 (John Hanson Highway) and MD 424 (Davidsonville Road).
The new culverts will be larger enough to accommodate a greater volume of water under the roadway to reduce flooding incidents.