Governor Larry Hogan Announces Start of Point Lookout Road at Abell Street/Moakley Street Improvement Project

March 13, 2018

Reduces Congestion and Improves Safety on Heavily Traveled St. Mary’s County Roadway

Governor Larry Hogan joined Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Secretary Pete K. Rahn and MDOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) Administrator Greg Slater to announce the start of construction for the much-anticipated MD 5 (Point Lookout Road) at Abell Street/Moakley Street intersection improvements project in Leonardtown.

This long-awaited project, which is a priority of St. Mary’s County, will improve safety and relieve congestion at this busy intersection. The $12 million project will widen MD 5 from Clarks Rest Road to the entrance of St. Mary’s Hospital to add left-turn lanes, as well as include wide shoulders for bicyclists, horse-drawn carriages, and sidewalks for pedestrians.

“I am pleased that this priority project is moving forward and our commitment to the citizens of St. Mary’s County has been kept,” said Governor Hogan. “This project will help deliver much needed congestion relief to thousands of motorists and allow our citizens to get to work, and then back home again in a faster, safer, and more efficient manner.”

The improvements will cut commute times by 10 minutes for those who travel this section of MD 5 each day. MD 5 is a major thoroughfare from Southern Maryland 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.

“Our department is committed to improving our roadways, and we are pleased this long-awaited project will benefit the people of Leonardtown and the commuters of Southern Maryland,” said Secretary Pete K. Rahn.

Next month, the MDOT SHA will begin phase one of the project, which includes utility relocation and grading work. Beginning spring 2019, MDOT SHA will begin construction to add the left-turn lanes, wide shoulders and new sidewalks. The project will be complete by fall 2021.

Photos courtesy the St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

5 Responses to Governor Larry Hogan Announces Start of Point Lookout Road at Abell Street/Moakley Street Improvement Project

  1. Big Cookie on March 13, 2018 at 8:55 am

    While I understand the typical ground breaking of a new project, I got a good laugh out of the picture. I’ll bet that this is the most physical labor that any of this group has done in their lifetimes!

  2. Bob The Builder on March 14, 2018 at 6:36 am

    $12 mil sure doesn’t get much!

    If it is being done by those lard-asses trying to use the shovels, it may explain the timeline being estimated at the end of 2021.

  3. Realist Rodger Rabbit on March 14, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Who gets to keep the brand new shovels spent just for a picture?

  4. Anonymous on March 14, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Cut 10 minutes off commute time?…How about doing something between Great Mills Rd & Indian Bridge Rd. That cut commute times for many more driver’s by just as much, if not more!

  5. Anonymous on March 20, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Before the Governor, or anyone else gets reelected, theres unanswered stuff, which is reason enough to vote for the challengers. We have no mission statements for incarceration or traffic tickets. The judges are getting elected by yes/ no, their terms don’t automatically end like everyone else’s does. Ans, we can still be cited for unverifiable traffic charges, such as speeding and running red lights. Until these things are dealt with, we have to be heavily persuaded to support the current office-holder,s and not the challengers.