BUTTERFLY LANE1001 realignment map

Butterfly Lane realignment map

City of Frederick staff are seeking funds to relocate the eastern end of Butterfly Lane in 2016.

A new four-lane section of Butterfly Lane will be routed through Hargett Farm to connect to Swallowtail Drive. The existing Butterfly Lane will end in a cul-de-sac before Md. 180.

City staff expect the project to increase road capacity and ease congestion around Md. 180 by moving the intersection of Butterfly Lane and Md. 180 farther from Himes Avenue.

The new Butterfly Lane intersection will be about 800 feet west of its current location, which will increase the space between traffic signals. Director of Public Works Zack Kershner said that will reduce instances of cars backing up and being unable to move through the lights as they change.

“You can't operate efficiently when lights are that close together,” he said.

Staff will design the realignment, including new traffic signals, and get necessary state approvals between January 2015 and March 2016, according to Kershner.

City staff will craft the design in-house, he said, which will lead to savings on the overall project.

Frederick will then accept construction bids in spring 2016, with an eye on breaking ground in July of that year.

The actual time frame for construction depends on securing funding in the city's fiscal 2017 Capital Improvement Program budget, but the realigned road is scheduled to reopen by spring 2017.

The relocation is expected to cost about $2.8 million, according to the CIP.

The city has received $563,000 in developer contributions from Prospect Hall Apartments and Lofts, now under construction on the former site of St. John's Catholic Prep, and MedImmune, off Solarex Court to the southeast.

Kershner did not anticipate any major obstacles to the project, apart from waiting for the funding to fall into place.

“This one I think is pretty cut and dry. We own the land, we own the right of way,” he said.

Moving Butterfly Lane will complement a Frederick County improvement on Md. 180.

The county is responsible for widening Md. 180 from Solarex Court to the relocated Butterfly Lane to a four-lane divided road with a bridge over U.S. 340/15. 

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(6) comments


Butterfly Lane was impossible before, now it is going to be so bad we will want to build another by-pass 10 years from now. Matan? Aren't they one of Blaine Young's major contributors? Get rid of the Blaine Young crew, vote Nov. 4th.


Why would they need to seek funding? I thought growth paid for itself?


What were they thinking? How does this at alleviate traffic it just moves it further up 180 I guess moving to WVa is looking good


Hope you like it. There is always Texas if all else fails. Miles of roads with zero traffic.


Sweet deal for Matan; get 400 apartments and only contribute 1/5 (or less) the cost of the realignment. Thanks Mayor randy and the BOA. Pat yourselves on the back.

BTW this realignment does nothing to reduce the volume of cars transitting the twolane bridge over 15/340. Until that debacle is fixed (widened) the city is just moving pieces on the chessboard.


A perfect example of poor planning. And the taxpayers pay.

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