I-70 construction will be finished soon

July 25, 1997


Staff Writer

The construction project to resurface the bridge on Interstate 70 westbound near Md. 66 will soon be completed.

Jim Zufall, assistant district engineer for construction for the Maryland State Highway Administration, said the $1.7 million project will be completed by the second week in August.

Since March 1996, crews have been trying to replace the decks on the Beaver Creek Road Bridge and Md. 66 bridge, but the wettest weather in Hagerstown in at least 100 years cost the project a one-year delay.

He said bridges are reviewed once a year to see if they need to be replaced. In this case, the sub-base and sub-foundation were in good condition, but the deck was badly deteriorated and needed replacement.


He said the weather delayed replacement in the fast lane, the last stage.

Many times during the removal and replacement stages there was a need to tighten the roadway to one lane, which caused delays for the estimated 41,700 drivers that travel that area each day, said John Ruff, an engineering technician for the Maryland State Highway Administration.

"We need the other lane to work out of," Zufall said. "We take the lane and then pour the concrete from it. If supplies are delivered, they need to take the lane to get it to the site."

Another project on Interstate 70, this one eastbound, started May 15 and should be completed in late August, he said.

The $1.6 million project will resurface the roadway between Black Rock Road and Frederick County, Md.

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