Walter Martz Road Closure

The City of Frederick will close Walter Martz Road closed between Yellow Springs and 1,000 feet from Yellow Springs Road July 12, through November 24 to make way to build a traffic roundabout.

Changes are coming to two intersections on the north side of Frederick, with the addition of a traffic circle at one and a traffic signal at another.

Walter Martz Road will be closed for about four months beginning July 12, from Yellow Springs Road to 1,000 feet from Yellow Springs for the installation of the traffic roundabout, according to a release from the city of Frederick.

The closure is expected to last through Nov. 24 while contractor F.O. Day, of Rockville, performs the work.

The installation of the roundabout is a requirement for the development of the Kellerton Knolls property, said Tracy Coleman, deputy director of public works for the city.

The development planned for about 300 acres of vacant farmland north of Christopher’s Crossing and east of Yellow Springs Road calls for up to 750 single-family houses for sale, as well as road improvements and land for parks.

The project has already seen a lot of homes built north of Christopher’s Crossing and Yellow Springs, while the next large phase of development will be at Yellow Springs and Rocky Springs roads, Coleman said.

Meanwhile, the Frederick aldermen voted Thursday night to approve a work order to install a traffic signal and make other improvements at the intersection of Christopher’s Crossing and Opossumtown Pike.

The contract to Pleasants Construction is for $847,408.50, with a $22,000 contingency included, bringing the amount of the work order to $869,408.50, according to a memorandum prepared by city staff.

As part of a provisional certificate to meet the city’s public facilities requirement, the developer of the Preserve at Tuscarora finished the engineering design for the project, and contributed $709,535 toward installing the signal at the intersection, according to the memo.

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(10) comments


what, no complaining about overdevelopment (almost invariably from people who arrived under 20 years ago)? I guess the other regulars must be observing the Fourth.

Greg F

Is there some milestone at 20 years? Hmm.....the thing here is that this is rabid and rampant ripping up of farmland almost as far as the eye can see. Pretty soon, it will be one solid mass of homes between Fort Detrick and where Hamburg Rd goes up into the shed. Spread that same thing going north past Crumland Farms area and out to Gashouse Pike where entire hillsides are ripped down for 1000+ crappy Ryan homes, add the farmland by Walksersville High and it should be alarming how fast farms and vacant land is gobbled up. It's worth a rant at any time arriving here.


Can’t ever just stop at “crappy,” can you.


If you arrived less than 20 years ago, odds are high you live in a development someone complained about back in the day, or created the population pressure to build those developments. Not sure what makes your choice to live in Frederick more pure than the more recent arrivals.


Hate traffic circles.


Love 'em because they're way better than stoopid signals that stop you usually for no reason.


Americans not trained on how to drive a circle and constantly cutting each other off/refusing to allow cars to move over. Death traps.


Incorrect. They are substantially safer than other intersections as well as reducing delays. Study after study documents that. Check NCHRP report #672 on Roundabouts chapter 5 on safety


There has been no notice given to the residents who live on an Walter Martz Road about this! Starting in one week?! Bad communication from the city.


All residents pay for it. You’re welcome.

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