Recently Completed: Frederick County - Route 655 at Route 50


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The project is on Route 655 (Sulphur Spring Road) located in Frederick County, east of the City of Winchester, between Route 50 (Millwood Pike) and Clarke County. The road serves as access to Route 50 for several neighborhoods and serves as the only access to the Frederick County landfill.  The project is 1.186-miles long and extends from Route 50 to .288-mile east of Route 656.

The existing two-lane road has 10 to 12- foot wide lanes with no shoulders. There are no turn lanes onto Route 50 or Route 656 in this area. The roadway traverses Sulphur Spring Run in the area of Route 50, and continues adjacent to Sulphur Spring Run to the end of the project limits. Route 655 has an existing box culvert at Sulphur Spring Run near Route 50.

The improvements to the road include two 12-foot travel lanes and 6-foot paved shoulders.  The road alignment will be slightly adjusted to straighten out a gradual curve. Right and left turn lanes will be constructed on Route 655 at Route 50 and Route 656. Also the box culvert on Route 655 at Sulphur Spring Run will be extended north to accommodate the new turn lane.

The current traffic count is 6,050 vehicles per day. This number is projected to increase to 11,600 vehicles per day by the year 2025.

The total estimated cost for this project is $7,249,073, including $697,199 for preliminary engineering, $1,798,165 for right of way and $4,753,709 for construction.

*Portions of this project were selected for funding under the SMART SCALE prioritization program.  Click here for more information on the prioritization process.


Once the project is completed the roadway will feature adequate pavement sections and turn lanes for travelers accessing the county landfill and local residential communities. These improvements will enhance the driving experience and safety for the traveling public.


Contact Info:

Robert Good, P.E.

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UPC: 59259

State ID: 0655-034-274,P101, R201, M501

Federal ID: STP-5138(132)

Lat/Long: 39.149444, -78.122778

Locality: Frederick

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Page last modified: July 31, 2020