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.