(June 15, 2011) – The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is improving four miles of westbound and eastbound I-70 east of Hagerstown in Washington County.   SHA will complete the $3.7 million project this fall, weather permitting.

SHA is resurfacing both directions of I-70 between MD 66 (Mapleville Road) and the Frederick County line.  Variable message signs, barrels, and temporary signs are guiding motorists through the work zone.  More than 59,000 vehicles travel along this section of I-70 each day, motorists should plan for extra travel time. 

During construction motorists should expect single lane closures on eastbound I-70 Monday through Thursday between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. and Sunday midnight to 11 a.m.  Lane closures should also be expected on the westbound highway Monday through Thursday between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and Sunday midnight to 11 a.m.  Additionally periodic daytime and nighttime lane closures should also be expected on MD 66.

SHA awarded the contract to F.O. Day, Inc. of Rockville.  Customers who have questions about traffic operations on I-70, MD 66, or other State numbered routes in Washington County, may call SHA’s District 6 Office at 301-729-8400 or toll free at 1-800-760-7138.  

Construction season is here with numerous active work zone sites that include major construction projects taking months to complete and mobile operations taking only minutes.  While 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 - 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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