State offers information on road projects
If getting stuck in backup caused by road construction is your idea of fun, the State Highway Administration is offering a guide to where to go in Maryland to find all the orange barrels and cones you could ever want to see.
Of course you could also use it to avoid such obstructions.
The highway agency is offering an online guide -- called Road Ready 2010-- mapping its projects around the state and giving details of the work. To get such information, go to the SHA web site and click on the Info Center tab and choose Maps and Brochures.
Then just choose the Road Ready option (or click on these links if you want to cut to the chase). You'll need to know which counties you'll be traveling through to get the relevant information.
I went through these various steps, and I can't say the information is presented in a very useful way. What would be helpful is to be told what the effect will be on the traveler, not just the location and duration of the project. For instance, it's nice to know the Route 231 bridge over the Patuxent River is being cleaned and painted between this spring and next spring. It would be nicer to know what the heck that means for a driver crossing the bridge. One-way traffic? Lane closing? Day work or night work?
Providing information is good. Making it useful is better.