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 includeswidening 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 Leonardtownintersection,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Greg Slater. “This area is growing, and it isessential to maintain safe access and transit to nearby schools and businesses.”
MDOT SHA will perform work at night with single and double lane closures between8 p.m.and5 a.m.,Sundaynights throughFridaymornings.
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 numberthat is projected to reach 32,000 by 2035.
Widening this intersection allows for more access to satellite colleges for the College ofSouthern Maryland and the University of Maryland, as well as St. Mary’s Hospital and manyother local businesses.