storm cleanup

Crews continued working to reopen Md. 80 at Md. 75 near Urbana on Tuesday after power lines came down in a storm Sunday night.

Traffic on Md. 80 near Md. 75 is open in both directions, but section flagging is in effect until at least Wednesday, according to Maryland’s State Highway Administration.

SHA spokeswoman Shantee Felix said motorists can travel in both directions, but section flagging has been in effect in both directions since roughly 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Felix added that the right-hand lane onto Md. 80 remains closed, as workers continue to repair electric and utility lines that were damaged because of a storm Sunday night.

They were expected to continue work until at least midday Wednesday, Felix added.

Multiple power lines were standing at roughly 45-degree angles Monday, and some were partially snapped and had collapsed into the road or a nearby cornfield as a result of the storm.

Crews worked into the night Monday and came back Tuesday morning to continue work to get the busy intersection near Urbana reopened.

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Again, shows the poor planning of the prior BOCC. The infrastucture for this area was inadequate for the housing approvals and this storm shut down a major N-S route. Where was all of that traffic directed - onto Weller or Ed McClain - both one and half lane 1940's farm roads never intended for the volume or size of vehicles this action detoured.. SHA signage was also inadequate.


Just in time & on schedule as was planned in time for school. Amazing. So what happened with Monocacy Bld. Project?


"Felix added that the right lane on Md. 80 remains closed..." Ok, is that the right lane eastbound or the right lane westbound? Maybe, just maybe, the FNP might hire a/some, experienced reporter(s). (But I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for them to do so.)


That's you gripe. Petty.

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