US 40 sign)Motorists Should Expect Ramp Closure at Eastbound US 40 to Westbound Beaver Creek Road During Construction (July 1, 2022) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will begin an intersection safety improvement project on eastbound US 40 at Beaver Creek Road in the Hagerstown area of Washington County next week that will necessitate the closure of the eastbound ramp of US 40 to westbound Beaver Creek Road.Starting Wednesday, July 6, crews will work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays for approximately two weeks to set up a new traffic pattern on eastbound US 40 near Beaver Creek Road. Motorists will be required to use the westbound US 40 entrance to access Beaver Creek Road. Once the new traffic pattern is in place, crews will work 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays to complete the project, including removal of the existing concrete island and installation of a new mountable curb concrete island. The improvements are part of an approximately $397,000 project to enhance safety at various intersections in the county. The closure of the eastbound ramp of US 40 to westbound Beaver Creek Road will be in effect throughout the project, which is expected to be complete by the end of July, weather permitting. Traffic barrels and signage will be used to navigate motorist through the work zone. C. William Hetzer, of Hagerstown, is performing the work. MDOT SHA works hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones for our crews as well as our customers. Drivers need to stay alert, focus on driving, and look for reduced speed limits as well as other driving pattern changes. Please drive like you work here and slow down in construction zones.Motorists in need may dial #77 on their mobile device for roadside assistance. For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, go to Project Portal. Visit our homepage at roads.maryland.gov. For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to md511.maryland.gov. Editor’s NoteFrom intersection improvements to widening and new interchange construction, MDOT SHA is investing in projects to enhance the commute and daily travel for millions of Marylanders. MDOT SHA maintains more than 2,500 bridges and 17,000 miles of non-toll state roads – the interstate, US and state numbered routes in Maryland’s 23 counties.