Route 113's former merge

(July 6, 2018) Commuters from the south end of the county’s eyes are not deceiving them — the State Highway Administration has confirmed that Phase 3 of the Route 113 dualization is complete and open.

“There’s still a little work to do, but the goal was to ensure all the lanes were open and available by the July 4 holiday,” Bob Rager, SHA community liaison, said.

Early in his term, Gov. Larry Hogan announced funding to complete the dualization of Route 113 by making the entire stretch of road into a four-lane highway.

Route 113 is a state road, and is therefore maintained by the state agency. The county, however, submits an annual report of its most pressing transportation needs, and moving Route 113 from two lanes to four has been its priority for decades.

When Hogan assumed office, he announced he was going to fund each county’s top priority, and work began on the dormant dualization project anew.

Phase 3 was expected to be finished this spring, but wet weather here slowed the construction.

However, the recent dry spell has been a boon for the crews now working on Phase 4, just to the south of Phase 3.

“It’s hot and dry and we’re making a lot of progress,” Rager said. “We are loving this out here.”

Along with shifting the focus of the construction, the 45-mph speed limit imposed in the construction area, along with the double fines that came along with a traffic citation, has also moved south to Phase 4, Rager said.

The merge, where motorists often jockeyed for position before moving into the single-lane area, has also moved farther south, and the blinking traffic signal at Langmaid Road was removed.

Phase 4 is expected to be complete by this time next year.

Phase 5 of the project includes installing a public walkway overpass on Route 113 at the junction with Route 12, is not expected to affect traffic as much as the previous phases and has not been given a start date.

Brian has covered every municipality in Worcester at one time or another, and is one of the longest serving reporters in the region. He covers just about everything. He lives in Snow Hill with his wife, Lora, and two sons, Julian and Grady.

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