Hikers and campers heading to Frederick County, Maryland state parks during May will encounter a longer-than-usual drive.
According to state highway officials, a stretch of the MD-77 highway in Thurmont will be closed starting Wednesday.
Traffic along the roadway between Pryor Road and Stottlemeyer Road will be inaccessible as a $2 million project repairs 46 aging culverts.
Officials say nearby Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain Park will remain open and accessible.
“People are going to have to use this detour route, which is not very convenient. That takes you to U.S. 15 up to MD-550, which is Sabillasville Road, to Foxville Deerfield Road and then back to MD-77. That’s a good 20-to-25 minute detour,” explained spokesman for the Maryland Department of Transportation, Charlie Gischlar.
Officials say the closure will last between May 1 and May 23.