Intersection Improvements on Route 5 to Begin in Leonardtown

February 13, 2018

Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is beginning a $12 million improvement project at the MD 5 (Point Lookout Road)/Abell Street/Moakley Street intersection in St. Mary’s County. The project includes widening the road and adding left turn lanes to both directions of MD 5 at the intersection.

“This project will break congestion and greatly improve safety at this busy Leonardtown intersection,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Greg Slater. “This area is growing, and it is essential to maintain safe access and transit to nearby schools and businesses.”

MDOT SHA will perform work at night with single and double lane closures between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday nights through Friday mornings.

MDOT SHA recognizes the key role MD 5 plays not only to the citizens of Leonardtown and St. Mary’s County but to all Southern Maryland. MD 5 is a major thoroughfare to the Washington D.C metropolitan area. Approximately 26,000 vehicles travel the corridor each day, a number that is projected to reach 32,000 by 2035.

Widening this intersection allows for more access to satellite colleges for the College of Southern Maryland and the University of Maryland, as well as St. Mary’s Hospital and many other local businesses.

Customers who have questions about traffic operations along MD 5, or other state numbered routes in St. Mary’s County may call SHA’s District 5 Office at 410-841-1000 or 410-841-5450.

23 Responses to Intersection Improvements on Route 5 to Begin in Leonardtown

  1. Anonymous on February 13, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    This is much needed.

    • Sean on February 14, 2018 at 10:41 am

      Actually its not. If people would drive 40 mph, traffic would flow fine and there would be a lot less accidents. But since everyone feels they should be able to do 50+ through a densely populated stretch, we have to spend millions instead of just enforcing a speed limit and safe driving.

      • Laura on February 15, 2018 at 7:30 am

        Actually it IS needed as you get a line to go into the hospital that you can not go around because traffic is so bad. apparently you have never gone through during rush hour traffic.

    • anon on February 20, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      I disagree. Something is needed, but not this. Anyone making a left turn will still back-up traffic. Either a light or a circle.

  2. Another SHA Masterpiece on February 14, 2018 at 7:28 am

    This will probably be another job like the one next to the new Harris Teeter’s center.

    Malfunction Junction.

    • Anonymous on February 14, 2018 at 8:18 am

      The area you speak of is not complete. They had to stop due to ground temperatures. It will be finished once ground temperatures go above back above 50deg. SMH

      • Alignment Needed on February 14, 2018 at 1:16 pm

        They stopped work when temps were in the 60’s and they stayed warm for a couple of weeks after they pulled equipment. I’m SMH why they let them stop so close to being done. No excuse for what they did.

      • Roy Fedders on February 14, 2018 at 1:49 pm

        That is any time now.

      • Ray Ray on February 16, 2018 at 5:21 am

        So let’s leave the area a mess? No clear traffic markings, super bumpy roads and I can’t wait for the first accident into the transformer that is only a foot from the road. Why they didn’t make them move the transformer is beyond me. If weather would be factor during construction of this intersection, they should have planned better. Seems they got the parking lot done in a timely manner so they could open the businesses.

        • Cap'n Obvious on February 16, 2018 at 12:35 pm

          You sure like to complain, Ray Ray. Not experienced enough to know how to drive without lines? Take a refresher course. Super bumpy roads? You need to leave the county once in a while. You will greatly appreciate the condition of our local roads. If somebody (you?) hits the transformer, they will have to jump the curb (leave the road) to do it. Parking lots are not constructed to the same standards as roads. When you know what you are talking about feel free to come back to the conversation.

        • Anonymous on February 16, 2018 at 2:05 pm

          So humans can plan the weather now? Well thanks for teaching me something new!

          • Ray Ray on February 22, 2018 at 3:03 pm

            No ding-a-ling, I stated that they took care of the business parking lot BEFORE they took care of the intersection.

  3. Tiredofriskinglifecrossing5 on February 14, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Put a pedestrian overpass over route 5 at Washington street

  4. Anonymous on February 14, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Any news on when they will actually START working on the Thomas Johnson Bridge and getting that expanded/replaced????

    • SHA Not on February 16, 2018 at 8:13 am




      It will be in 2324.

  5. Michanicsville Bill on February 14, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Not the worst intersection in lenoardtown. But clearly the builders of subdivisions have a lot of pull on your tax dollar. SHA should look at the Rt 5 + Budds creek road intersection as a wiser use of money. If the developer wants the road changed have them pay for it

    • Anonymous on February 16, 2018 at 2:44 am

      The power and influence of the developers in this county needs to stop.

  6. Maureen on February 14, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Even if one drives the speed limit, the lack of turn lanes makes this area a hazard. This is an extremely busy and congested section of route 5 made worse by people turning into businesses without proper de-acceleration lanes.

  7. pardy on February 14, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Who cares. This is not news

  8. Anonymous on February 15, 2018 at 6:01 am

    What about greatmills or 235 and 4 cant
    even move but they worry about leonardtown because driver’s don’t pay attention makes no sense

    • Ray Ray on February 16, 2018 at 5:15 am


    • werwe on February 16, 2018 at 8:35 am

      Great Mills Rd and 5 area could use some modifications

    • Anonymous on February 16, 2018 at 11:11 am

      it’ll kill the prostitute industry in great mills.