Rt. 301 to shut down at Upper Marlboro on April 11th for weekend of rail crossing repair

CSX coat trains travel from the main line at Bowie south to the Morgantown power plant at the Potomac River.

CSX coat trains travel from the main line at Bowie south to the Morgantown power plant at the Potomac River.

US 301 (CRAIN HIGHWAY) CLOSES FOR ONE WEEKEND IN UPPER MARLBORO
UPPER MARLBORO, MD. — Anyone traveling southbound on Rt. 301 at Upper Marlboro where the CSX railroad crosses the highway would likely notice the pronounced bump in the road where the crossing is need of repair. It appears that the State Highway folks must have had a lot of irate motorists complaining and finally repairs are set to be made on April 11th, necessitating the closing of the entire highway for a weekend.

This crossing is also in Upper Marlboro and may become quite popular with motorists looking for a way to travel south when confronted with a detour.  Watch for major mayhem.

This crossing is also in Upper Marlboro and may become quite popular with motorists looking for a way to travel south when confronted with a detour. Watch for major mayhem.

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) and CSX Transportation are making repairs to the railroad crossing at US 301 (Crain Highway) between Chew Road and the Marl…boro Crossroads area just south of MD 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue). As part of the $400,000 maintenance work, SHA will temporarily close the four-lane highway on Friday evening, April 11 and reopen it no later than Monday morning, April 14.
This work is necessary to replace deteriorated rubber panels at the crossing. To ensure the safety of work crews and travelers, SHA will close both the northbound and southbound lanes of US 301. SHA appreciates the patience and cooperation of those who work and live in the area communities.  The goal is to reopen this section of US 301 to traffic once repairs are complete.
SHA is providing signed regional and local detours for area residents and businesses. Local traffic will be directed to use MD 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue), US 301, MD 223 (Woodyard Road) and Rosaryville Road. Regional traffic, especially motor carrier and long hauler vehicles, will be directed to use US 301, MD 5, I-495 (Capital Beltway) and MD 4. All travelers are reminded to plan their routes and prepare for extra travel time.
While this weekend work is underway, SHA encourages area patrons to continue to support local businesses in the area. If inclement weather occurs, this work will be rescheduled for the weekend of April 25-27, 2014. More information is available at www.roads.maryland.gov/D3 or by contacting the SHA District 3 Office at 301-513-7300.