Harford Road roundabout complete, opens to traffic

Harford Road Traffic Circle RoundaboutThe roundabout in Glen Arm, located along Harford Road at Mt. Vista Road and Glen Arm Road, has been completed.

The State Highway Administration will briefly return in spring 2018 to apply the final surface, as temperatures are not favorable to do so during the the winter months.

Mt. Vista Road, which had been closed for the past two months, reopened at 3 p.m. on Thursday.


The $3.7 million roundabout project, which began fall 2016, necessitated temporary phased closures and detours of Mt. Vista Road and Glen Arm Road throughout the duration of the project. Harford Road, which has an average daily traffic volume of 6,000 vehicles, was not closed during construction.

MDOT SHA has built dozens of roundabouts at intersections across Maryland over the last 25 years, eliminating intersection-related fatal crashes.

Harford Road roundabout construction enters second phase

Road ClosedUPDATE: The roundabout has been completed and is now open to traffic.

Original story below…


Construction on the Harford Road roundabout in the Kingsville/Glen Arm area is about to enter its second phase.

Weather permitting, beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will temporarily close access to Glen Arm Road at MD 147 (Harford Road) as crews begin the final phase of the $3.7 roundabout installation at the Harford Road intersection with Glen Arm and Mt. Vista roads in Baltimore County.

Simultaneously, crews will re-open access to Mt. Vista Road at MD 147, which has been closed since last summer to construct the first half of the roundabout.


Glen Arm Road will be closed at Harford Road until early fall, weather permitting.

Northbound and southbound Harford Road will remain open to traffic during construction. MDOT SHA will post signs with the following detour route during the temporary Glen Arm Road closure: Harford Road to Long Green Pike to Glen Arm Road.

“Harford Road is a popular route for drivers traveling between Harford and Baltimore counties, and Glen Arm Road and Mt. Vista Road are key connectors to rural communities,” said SHA District 4 Engineer Wendy Wolcott. “Reconstruction of this intersection to a roundabout will improve safety for all travelers. SHA appreciates drivers’ patience and caution during construction work and detours.”

Commuters and commercial vehicle drivers should plan for extra travel time on Harford Road and the detour routes during the next year. The new roundabout should be complete by late fall, weather permitting.

Glen Arm Road Closure


Crews battling Glen Arm brush fire

Glen Arm Brush FireCrews are on the scene of a Tuesday afternoon brush fire in Glen Arm.

At about 2 p.m., units responded to the 5800 block of Glen Arm Road.


Firefighters from the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company have been on the scene for over an hour and are working to put out leftover hot spots.

No injuries have been reported.

Motorists should use caution in the area.

New roundabout to be built on Harford Road at Mt. Vista Road

Harford Road Mt VistaUPDATE: The roundabout has been completed and is now open to traffic.

Original story below…


For the past decade, the Maryland State Highway Administration has been discussing the construction of a roundabout at Harford Road and Mount Vista Roads to improve safety at this intersection. The State Highway Administration anticipates awarding the contract and giving the contractor notice to proceed this spring, according to Baltimore County Councilman David Marks.

BGE will begin the relocation of overhead utilities in early April. The SHA contractor will then mobilize and begin construction activities while the utility relocation is ongoing.

The new roundabout will be constructed in several phases. Harford Road will remain open to traffic throughout construction; however, detours of Mount Vista Road and Glen Arm Road are needed. In Phase 1, Mt. Vista Road will be closed and detoured to allow construction of the improvements on the east side of MD 147. Phase 1 will be constructed during the 2016 construction season.

When construction activity resumes in the spring of 2017, the State Highway Administration anticipates beginning Phase 2 of the project which involves reopening Mount Vista Road, shifting Harford Road traffic onto the newly constructed roadway and then closing and detouring Glen Arm Road. Phase 2 includes construction of the improvements on the west side of Harford Road and is expected to be about four months duration.

When Phase 2 is complete, Glen Arm Road will be reopened. Mount Vista Road will then be closed and detoured to allow for Phase 3 construction activities which include construction of the roundabout central island, median islands and curb and gutter. The duration of Phase 3 is expected to be about two months.

When Phase 3 activities are complete, Mount Vista Road will be reopened. Phase 4 construction activities will then begin and include pavement grinding, final surfacing, and installation of permanent pavement markings and signing. The project also includes landscape planting which will be installed during the appropriate planting seasons.

The roundabout is expected to reduce the number of vehicular crashes at this busy intersection. The intersection currently has an overall Level of Service (LOS) rating of F in the morning and evening peak hour. Construction of the roundabout is expected to improve the overall intersection LOS to a B rating in the morning and evening peak hours. The roundabout project includes installation of a closed drainage system and storm water management facility to improve roadway drainage conditions; overhead lighting; signing; pavement markings and landscaping.

“I would like to thank the Seventh District state legislators for their work in advancing this project: Senator J.B. Jennings and Delegates Kathy Szeliga, Rick Impallaria, and Patrick McDonough,” said Councilman Marks. “The project began years before I represented Kingsville. Many thanks to SHA for its support and hard work as well, and the Greater Kingsville Civic Association for hosting many meetings on this project.”