Route 50 Off Ramp at 301 Will Be Closed Weekends Starting This Friday
A message for travelers on Route 50 from the Maryland State Highway Administration:
Beginning Friday, July 12 at 9 p.m., the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will fully close the ramp from westbound US 50 (John Hansen Highway) to southbound US 301(Robert Crain Highway). The ramp will reopen no later than 5 a.m. on Monday, July 15 to assure that all travel lanes on the ramp are safe for travel and that the concrete overlay has the proper time to set.
SHA will also close the ramp next weekend beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 19 and will reopen the ramp no later than 5 a.m. on Monday, July 22. All work is weather permitting. The closure is part of the $1.8 million ramp resurfacing project at the US 50/US 301interchange in Prince George’s County.Drivers traveling on westbound US 50 should travel past the US 50/US301 interchange and follow the signed detour route around the work zone to access southbound US 301. Drivers should add additional time to their commute for the next two weekends.As part of the project, SHA will apply a bonded concrete overlay called “whitetopping” to the ramp. Whitetopping is a sustainable resurfacing solution that improves braking on wet surfaces and creates a smoother ride for drivers.Whitetopping typically lasts longer than traditional resurfacing methods, reduces rutting caused by larger vehicles that travel on the road surface and produces savings through less frequent road repairs, fewer lane closures and fewer construction zones because of its durability. More than 100,000 vehicles use the US 50/US 301 interchange daily. SHA’s contractor for the project is Concrete General, Inc. of Gaithersburg.