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Governor Hogan, Executive Kittleman break ground on $37.5 million Route 32 widening project 

Governor Hogan, Executive Kittleman break ground on $37.5 million Route 32 widening project 

August 31, 2017

Media Contacts: 
Deidre McCabe, Director of Strategic Planning and Communications, 410-313-4023 
Erin Henson, Director of Public Affairs, Maryland Department of Transportation, 410-865-1025

State, county team up to improve heavily traveled Howard County roadway

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Governor Larry Hogan and Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman today broke ground on a $37.5 million project to widen Maryland Route 32 from Maryland Route 108 in Clarksville to Linden Church Road.

The 2.5-mile project, financed with both state and county funds, will convert the current two-lane undivided roadway to a four-lane divided highway, reducing congestion by over 70% in the morning and evening rush hours. The project, phase one of a long-term plan to improve safety and relieve traffic congestion along Route 32, is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2018.

Hogan and Kittleman were joined by State Highway Administrator Greg Slater and other county officials at a ceremonial groundbreaking along Route 32 in Clarksville. The governor and county executive spoke of the need for this project to improve safety and the quality of life in the area.

"More than 30,000 vehicles travel along this two-lane road every single day, and for many people, the improvements we are making along this corridor are personal,” said Governor Hogan. “Too many have experienced the severe congestion common here in Howard County, and some people have lost loved ones in fatal crashes. This two-lane road is simply not built to handle the volume of traffic. Beginning today, that is going to end. The state is answering your call, and we are going to finally break the bottleneck on this busy highway.”

Route 32 is considered one of the most congested roads in the state, according to State Highway Administration (SHA) statistics. Traffic on the major artery that runs from Carroll County through Howard County and into Anne Arundel County is expected to see an increase of average daily traffic from 30,000 vehicles to 52,000 by 2040. 
“As anyone who drives along Route 32 can attest, this is one of the most congested and dangerous roads in the region,” said Kittleman. “We’re fortunate to have a partnership with Governor Hogan and Secretary Rahn, who are both committed to improving safety and alleviating the gridlock in this heavily traveled corridor.”

Since the beginning of 2016, Howard County Police have reported 288 confirmed collisions on Route 32 between Route 108 and I-70. Of those accidents, 41 have involved personal injuries.

Over the next few weeks, crews will install barrier walls, work-zone roadway signage, erosion and sediment controls and will perform general vegetation management and clearing.

The state’s contractor, Concrete General Inc. of Gaithersburg, won the competitive bid to do the Route 32 project. The design process is underway on the next 6.5-mile section (Phase II) between Linden Church Road and I-70 with construction to begin in fall 2018.