LANE CLOSURES, RAMP DETOURS PLANNED FOR I-68 IN CUMBERLAND OVER THE NEXT FIVE WEEKS

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(September 18, 2014) – Starting Monday, Sept. 22, motorists should be prepared for five weeks of extended lane and ramp closures on I-68 in Cumberland as crews complete concrete patching and repairs on the driving surface of the Crosstown Bridge.

The closures will continue through at least the end of October. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or additional repair needs.

Week 1 - Monday, Sept. 22at 6 a.m. to Friday, Sept. 26 at 8 a.m.
 
• Westbound I-68 left lane closed
 
Week 2 - Saturday, Sept. 27 at 6 a.m. to Friday, Oct. 3 at 8 a.m.
 
• Westbound I-68 right lane closed
 
• Exit 43 C ramp from westbound I-68 to Downtown/Harrison Street may be detoured
 
Week 3 - Saturday, Oct. 4 at 6 a.m. to Friday, Oct.10 at 8 a.m.
 
• Westbound I-68 right lane closed
 
• Westbound I-68 Exit 43 C ramp to downtown/Harrison Street may be detoured
 
• Westbound I-68 on ramp from downtown (Centre and Harrison streets) may be detoured

Week 4 - Monday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. to Friday, Oct.17 at noon

• Eastbound I-68 left lane closed
 
Week 5 - Monday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. to Friday, Oct.24 at noon
 
• Eastbound I-68 right lane closed
 
• Eastbound I-68 Exit 43B ramp to MD 51 (Industrial Boulevard) may be detoured
 
Week 6 - Monday, Oct.27 at 8 p.m. to Friday, Oct.31 at noon
 
• Eastbound I-68 right lane closed
 
• Eastbound I-68 exit 43C ramp to downtown (Queen City Drive) may be detoured

• Eastbound I-68 on ramp from downtown (Mechanic Street) may be detoured

During the closures, a 14-foot width restriction will be in place for wide loads. Motorists should be prepared for possible delays during peak hours. Only one ramp will be detoured at a time.

The extended lane closures will allow time for large sections of the concrete bridge surface to be cut out and for the fresh concrete to cure. The work is part of the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA)’s ongoing Crosstown Bridge rehabilitation project. More information about the project is available on the project website at http://bit.ly/crosstownbridge.

While SHA and its 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 – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don't follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For everyone!

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