Latest Beltway Project Increases Roadway Friction, Should Decrease Crashes

by Cordell Pugh

Latest Beltway Project Increases Roadway Friction, Should Decrease Crashes

Featured Photo Courtesy of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad

Next week, Maryland State Highway Administration Contractors will begin installing the latest safety improvement designed to improve safety and reduce crashes on an especially problematic section of the Beltway.

Maryland State Highway Administration Graphic

On the Outer Loop of the Beltway between Connecticut Avenue and the Big Curve over the I-270 Spur, crews will apply a high friction surface treatment to the roadway. This treatment will increase friction, allowing vehicles to stop in shorter distances and reduce skidding and hydroplaning.

In a written statement, Maryland State Highway Administrator Tim Smith said, “This project will improve the roadway surface as one strategy to reduce crashes on the Capital Beltway. This engineering solution will make the roadway safer, especially when coupled with motorists being cautious and obeying posted speed limits.”

Contractors will close lanes on the Outer Loop between 7PM and 5AM beginning Monday, February 8. Crews will work every night of the week; completion is expected by Mid-February.


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