The final phase of the Butterfly Lane Realignment project was completed today, resulting in the opening of the Himes Avenue roundabout and connection to Contender Way. Drivers may now use all roadways in the area and should remain alert due to new traffic patterns.
This project involved the construction of approximately 2,000 linear feet of a four-lane minor arterial roadway extension of Himes Avenue, approximately 1,925 linear feet of a new two-lane local road (Contender Way), a roundabout with associated roadway improvements to Himes Avenue, one new parking lot for the future Westside Regional Park and base widening of approximately 1,800 linear feet of a portion of existing Butterfly Lane. The project included installation of water main, sanitary sewer, storm drainage system, stormwater management facilities, concrete sidewalks, and asphalt shared-use paths, landscaping, installation of street and parking lot lights, removal of the traffic signal at Butterfly Lane and Jefferson Pike (MD 180), and forest conservation plantings. In July, the intersection of MD-180 and Himes Avenue opened, along with Contender Way. The previous intersection of Butterfly Lane and MD-180 was permanently closed to traffic. This alignment is being completed in coordination with MDOT SHA Contract No. FR6785171 (MD180 West of Swallowtail Drive to I-70 Ramp Structure 10140, Project consists of a 4 Lane Urban Reconstruction).