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Potomac Street to close for traffic signal work

June 02, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

The first block of Hagerstown's North Potomac Street will be closed today as crews continue to upgrade downtown traffic signals, the project manager said.

North Potomac Street between Franklin and Washington streets will be closed between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., said Gary Street, project manager for contractor Lockheed Martin.

Allowing a contractor to shut down a main road during weekday business hours is unusual, said Assistant City Engineer Rodney Tissue. It's being allowed this time so crews can complete work in that area before the Western Maryland Blues Fest this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Street said crews will not work during the three-day festival.

Today, crews will be finishing sidewalk work and pouring concrete into a trench in the road where conduit was laid, he said.

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Drivers on North Potomac Street will be redirected west onto West Franklin Street, south on North Prospect Street and east on West Washington Street back to Potomac Street.

Drivers will have access to the North Potomac Street parking deck and parking lot.

The deck can be entered from alleys off North Jonathan and West Washington streets, Tissue said.

Drivers can reach the parking lot can from East Franklin, East Washington and Locust streets, he said.

Twice this week North Jonathan Street will be closed for similar work, Street said.

North Jonathan will be closed between West Franklin and East Avenue on Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., he said.

North Jonathan will be closed between West Franklin and West Washington streets on Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., he said.

Detours will be posted, Street said.

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