NEWS RELEASE

MDOT SHA IMPROVES RIDE QUALITY ON SEVERAL ROADS IN WESTERN MARYLAND

Crews to Patch and Pave Roads in Washington, Allegany and Garrett Counties; Motorists Should Expect Off-Peak Lane Closures Through Mid-Summer

(April 5, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is improving more than 50 miles of roadway in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties this spring and summer. Work will include patching, milling, paving and restriping to deliver a better ride quality. The project will be complete by mid-summer.

MDOT SHA will improve the following roads in Western Maryland:

Allegany County

• MD 935 (Legislative Road/ Lower George’s Creek Road) between North Eutaw Street and MD 36 in Barton - Resurfacing (3 miles) – Average traffic volume – 1,100 vehicles daily.

• I-68 (National Freeway) between Evitts Creek Bridge and Rocky Gap Road in Cumberland – Pavement repair (3.3 miles) - Average traffic volume – 25,000 vehicles daily.

• MD 51 (Industrial Boulevard/Oldtown Road) between Virginia Avenue and Mexico Farms Road in Cumberland – Pavement repair (3.7 miles) – Average traffic volume 15,000 vehicles daily.

Garrett County
 
• MD 42 (Friendsville Road) between the Youghiogheny River Bridge and Buffalo Run Road in Friendsville - Resurfacing (5 miles) – Average traffic volume – 3,700 vehicles daily.

Washington County
 
• MD 65 (N. Church Street/Sharpsburg Pike) between MD 34 (E. Main Street) and Taylors Landing Road in Sharpsburg - Resurfacing (5 miles) – Average traffic volume – 3,700 vehicles daily.

• MD 632 (Downsville Pike) between I-70 and Downsville Road in Downsville – Resurfacing (1.8 miles) – Average traffic volume is 12,600 vehicles daily.

• US 40 Alternate (Frederick Road) between Lagoon Road and South Edgewood Drive in Funkstown – Resurfacing (one-half mile) – Average traffic volume – 6,550 vehicles daily.

• MD 57 (St. Paul Road) between US 40 (National Pike) and MD 494 (Fairview Road) in Clearspring – Pavement repair (4 miles) – Average volume traffic 2,200 vehicles daily.

• MD 63 (Spielman Road) between MD 632 (Downsville Pike) and MD 68 (Lappans Road) in Downsville – Pavement repair (2.8 Miles) – Average traffic volume – 2,100 vehicles daily.
 
• MD 65 (Bakersville Road) between MD 63 (Spielman Road) and Poffenberger Road in Fairplay – Pavement repair (4.2 miles) – Average traffic volume – 9,000 to 22,700 vehicles daily.
 
• US 11 (Middleburg Pike) between Haven Road and Showalter Road in Hagerstown – Pavement repair (2.5 miles) – Average traffic volume – 16,000 vehicles daily.
 
• US 40 (National Pike/Cumberland Street) between Big Pool Road and east of Spickler Road in Clearspring – Pavement repair (7.9 miles) – Average traffic volume – 1,500 to 11,000 vehicles daily.
• I-68 (National Freeway) between MD 903 (Mountain Road) and I-70 in Hancock – Pavement repair (7.5 miles) – Average traffic volume – 19,000 vehicles daily.

Motorists can expect single lane closures Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sunday nights through Friday mornings. Motorists should plan extra travel time during construction.

MDOT SHA’s contractors are Belt Paving, Inc. of Cumberland, Keystone Lime Co. Inc. of Springs, Pa.; C. William Hetzer, Inc. of Hagerstown; P&W Excavating, Inc. of McConellsburg, Pa.; and Pavement Contracting Services, Inc. of Glenn Dale.

While MDOT SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands. For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, click on Road Ready, MDOT SHA's electronic construction brochure.  For real-time travel information, please log onto md511.maryland.gov.
 
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