TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Waugh Chapel-Riedel Road 'Michigan U-Turn” to Start Tuesday 9 p.m.

A new traffic pattern takes effect tonight on MD 3 at Waugh Chapel / Riedel Roads in Crofton. Changeover to “Michigan U-Turn” scheduled to start at 9 p.m.; drivers are advised to remain alert for workers


(October 18, 2011) – The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) reminds drivers that the second of two “Michigan U-Turn” configurations along MD 3 in Crofton is scheduled to open tonight, October 18, weather permitting.

Crews will temporarily discontinue power to the existing signals at the MD 3 (Crain Highway) intersection with Waugh Chapel Road/Riedel Road beginning at 9 p.m. Work will continue  through early Wednesday morning to complete the modification.

During this time, the median on MD 3 between Riedel and Waugh Chapel roads will be closed to traffic, allowing workers to prepare several new traffic signals for operation.  Motorists who normally would use the median to make turns or continue across MD 3 should proceed to the next intersection where they can safely make a U-turn.

These traffic improvements are designed and funded by Greenberg-Gibbons Commercial of Owings Mills as part of the South Village at Waugh Chapel mixed-use development project along MD 3 in Crofton.  SHA will monitor and inspect all work affecting MD 3 to ensure compliance with appropriate federal and state highway and safety standards.

Known nationally as a “Michigan U-Turn” the unique design allows for left or right turns beyond the cross street to a turning movement in the median.  It helps to improve traffic flow at heavily traveled intersections by redirecting motorists beyond the intersection, forcing a turn (in a U-shaped pattern) then proceeding safely to the other side of the roadway.

While SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert - look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.  Slow down and don't follow too closely.  Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones.  For everyone.

Avoid construction lane closures – use MD 511!  Maryland now features free traveler information! Call 511 or 1-855-GOMD511 or visit: www.md511.org.  Sign up to personalize travel route information through MY511 on the website. Remember to use 511 safely - Maryland law restricts hand-held mobile phone use and texting while driving.

Justin October 20, 2011 at 11:27 PM
this is in Gambrills and not Crofton
skm October 21, 2011 at 12:37 PM
You can make a LEFT TURN ON RED if you are ON A ONE WAY street, going TO a ONE WAY street, for instance, the new loop arounds that are at these intersections.
semper fi October 25, 2011 at 08:00 PM
I am new to the area. I have seen an increase in traffic the last few months. Are you guys aware they shut down the left lane on Waugh Chapel this morning? The traffic at 7:45am was backed up all the way to 170, which in turn backed up 175. The traffic is getting worse and the construction is not helping. There is a lot of new development in the crofton/odenton/gambrills area. The new shopping center is opening in the spring. The "gambrills/crofton mixing bowl" fits.
Nicki Mayo October 25, 2011 at 10:06 PM
@semper fi you are right, there has been an increase in traffic changes along Rt. 3. We'll try to get you all road updates as the SHA makes them available.
Karts Huseonica October 26, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Hi Nicki, with the changes at Riedel and Waugh Chapel intersection of Route 3, going westbound toward Piney Orchard, I'm losing one minute each day. HOWEVER, in the evenings I'm saving TWO minutes in the reverse direction. Small sample thus far but I see a trend. Cheers, Art Huseonica (real name/real person).
Nicki Mayo October 26, 2011 at 04:28 PM
Hey everyone. I've gotten a few calls/emails about the congestion along Rt. # and Rt. 450/Davidsonville Rd. Please know I've contacted State Highway Administration for some info on the slow traffic flow. I'll post an update as soon as I have info.
Steve E Jones October 28, 2011 at 10:28 PM
HI, I commute to work via bicycle some days which take me straight across Rt. 3 from Waugh Chapel to Riedel in the morning and of course the opposite in the evening. Currently I no longer see an easy way for cyclist or pedestrian traffic to cross anymore. Is this going to change or do I now have to find an alternate route on my bicycle? Thanks, Steve Jones
Nicki Mayo October 28, 2011 at 11:44 PM
Hey @Steve Thanks for the heads up from the cyclists standpoint. I think we'll need to revisit this traffic pattern and what everyone can expect around the region. I'll reach out to the authorities on this in the upcoming week and be sure to post updates as they become available.
Steve E Jones November 01, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Hi, I noticed today on the way home that it looks like they are putting a cross walk in. They now have the lights up for the pedestrian, the ones for stop, go and a count down. This is probably where I will cross over when cycling to work. Thanks, SteveJ


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