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I-70 improvements planned

July 14, 1998

Single lanes and shoulders on Interstate 70 from east of Md. 65 to east of Boyd Road will be closed while road crews make improvements, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration.

Work on the three-mile section will begin Monday.

The project consists of removing the top surface, patching, resurfacing, and installing new pavement markings, highway officials said.

Existing guardrails will be improved and rumble strips will be installed along the shoulder to warn motorists they have left the travel lane.

The following areas of I-70 will be closed:

-- Eastbound, single lane and shoulder closures may take place at any time on weekdays except between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, there will be no eastbound closures on weekends.

-- Westbound, single lane and shoulder closures may take place at any time on weekdays except between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Beginning at noon Friday, there will be no westbound closures on weekends.

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Motorists will be guided through the work zone by signs, arrow boards, traffic cones, and barrels.

The project should be completed by early November, weather permitting, officials said.

The project is part of the State Highway Administration's interstate maintenance program, designed to improve pavement conditions and enhance motorist safety, officials said.

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