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$9 million road project has begun

June 22, 1998

MCCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Nearly $9 million in projects on highways in Fulton County, Pa., are under way or soon will be, according to a spokesman from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Crews last month began repaving 15 miles of Interstate 70 in Fulton County with a new high-tech asphalt mix designed to withstand years of auto and heavy truck traffic, said Asbury Lee, community relations director for PennDOT's District 9 in Holidaysburg, Pa.

Being repaved is part of the 25- mile stretch of I-70 that runs through Fulton County from about Breezewood Pa., just over the line in Bedford County to the Maryland line. The speed limit along that curving stretch of highway is still 55 mph.

The repaving job won't result in an increased speed limit, he said.

The project, which also includes work on bridges, began in May and will be finished by the end of the summer.

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About $2.2 million of the $9 million will be spent closer to McConnellsburg, where an access road to a new industrial park will be built near U.S. 522 south, Asbury said.

-Richard F. Belisle

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