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BRAC and RT 715 to APG

BRAC and RT 715 to APG

MDSHA's contractors are making RT 715 a bear to travel on by bike or by car with all of the construction that's going on.  There's nearly no shoulder and what little there is--is partially obstructed by orange barrels. There's gravel and rocks all over the shoulders.  And now, there's three metal plates to negotiate on the inbound side of RT 715.  Two of them now have the edges buffered for bike, but the original one still has sharp raised edges.  I have to bunny-hop onto plate if I want to keep my speed up. If these plates are still around this winter, they will be a slippery hazard.

With the influx of people from BRAC, traffic has grown, but the road was not converted/widened prior to more people living and working in the area. Now, it seems that MDSHA is scrambling to catch up, but I'm positive they will get caught out by winter before they're done.

This winter's bike commute from Essex to APG will be a great challenge to endure this winter.  I may be forced to drive at some point.

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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Re: BRAC and RT 715 to APG

I guess you've seen the following (should be fun getting into APG):
Major traffic changes will occur at APG during the February/March 2012 timeframe. Ramp East bound on Route 40 to 715 will be closed for a year due to major earthwork and road construction.

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I guess that means everyone coming from the "west" (south?) will be coming in on RT 159 which is even worse than RT 715--zero shoulder, narrow lanes and a high amount of tractor trailer traffic.

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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Here in AZ I went through one construction site where they made a temp bike lane out of cones, SHA has no such guidance for work zones, that alone is in violation of state law, let alone not accommodating cyclists. But how can they if there is no recommendations on how to do that?

Steel plates should be ramped and in the winter months they should have a coating of "epoxy grit"

Other things that can be done is lowering the speed limit and put in temporary traffic calming and signs like "Bikes may use the full lane"

Should we start a campaign "Don't make Isaias drive, let him ride." ???

Isaias, if you can write Dustin (and cc me and Carol) and make recommendations, if the orange barrels can be in the dirt next to the pavement then that's where they should be. If the roadway needs to be swept more often, then request that.  (If anything above would help then request that as well.) Someone has to complain to (eventually ) make things better for the rest of us.

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Re: BRAC and RT 715 to APG

Thanks, Barry.

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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