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The surface of Route 235 in California has been milled down from its intersection at Route 4 almost to the intersection with Chancellor’s Run Road, as a contractor prepares to resurface both directions of the heavily traveled stretch of highway.

Aggregate Industries of Greenbelt is doing the work under a $1.7 million contract with the Maryland State Highway Administration, said Charlie Gischlar, public information officer for the agency.

Milling the old surface should be complete by Wednesday, Aug. 21, and then paving will begin and continue until the end of the month, weather permitting, he said.

“Motorists should expect single-lane closures during off-peak hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. overnight Sunday through Thursday,” he said in an email.

The average daily traffic count on that stretch of Route 235 is 59,000 vehicles, the highest on any highway in St. Mary’s County.

This portion of Route 235 was last resurfaced in 2003 when the highway was expanded from two lanes to three lanes in each direction.

The $75 million expansion project of Route 235 from Route 4 to Great Mills Road began in 1999 and was completed in 2005.

jbabcock@somdnews.com