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The first phase of the Armory Road improvement project is expected to begin Wednesday with the closing of Armory Road at the Dares Beach Road intersection.

According to a press release from the Calvert County Department of Public Works, Armory Road at the Dares Beach Road intersection will close to through traffic on or about Wednesday, June 26, for several improvements.

The improvements to Armory Road and Dares Beach Road are part of the larger Prince Frederick Loop Road project.

Access to businesses on Armory Road will remain open during the first phase from Steeple Chase Drive, the release states. In addition, portable message boards will be located on Dares Beach Road approaching the intersection. Road closure notice signs have also been placed on Armory Road.

The entire Armory Road improvement project consists of the widening and partial realignment of Armory Road from Main Street to Dares Beach Road. The plans also call for construction of a roundabout at the Dares Beach-Armory Road intersection to replace the existing traffic signal. Other improvements during the project include new sidewalks, wider shoulders and pedestrian lights. Near the completion of the project, the road’s name will change to Chesapeake Boulevard and the separate road accessing the businesses on the existing Armory Road will be named Monnett Court.

Specifically, phase 1 consists of the widening of Dares Beach Road, half of the roundabout construction along the north side of Dares Beach Road and a temporary connection of Armory Road north of Dares Beach Road to the roundabout.

The phase is expected to last about four months, while the entire four-phase project is expected to last about 18 to 24 months.

Details, updates and maps about the project can be found on the county’s website at