Major road work under way

June 17, 1999|By JULIE E. GREENE

Here is a list of the major highway construction projects under way or scheduled to start this summer in the Tri-State area:

- The barrier walls along the shoulder of Interstate 70 near Downsville Pike were removed about a week ago, but the $9.8 million project to add an interchange at Md. 632 won't be completed until September. The area will be repaved in July.

- Interstate 70 eastbound is being repaved east of Hancock from Md. 615 to Md. 56. The work, being done at night, will cause occasional lane closures. It should be complete by the end of July.

- Interstate 70 from east of Boyd Road to west of Little Conococheague Creek has been repaved, but crews will put down lane markings this month during the day.


- The reconstruction of U.S. 40 through Clear Spring as part of a state urban street reconstruction project begins this week.

During the day drivers can expect lane shifts as the road is milled and paved, and new sidewalks are installed. Traffic will be shifted to the south side of the street first as crews work on the north side.

- Hagerstown's $1 million urban street reconstruction begins this week starting on the north side of East Franklin Street between Cannon Avenue and Locust Street.

Lanes will be shifted as crews work their way west on Franklin Street to Potomac Street before switching over to Washington Street.

The project entails replacing storm drainage pipes and sidewalks, and milling and repaving streets. The work is expected to be done by December.

- Drivers along U.S. 40 near Eastern Boulevard will soon see occasional lane closures, but one lane will be kept open as crews begin to add a bridge between the two existing ones. All lanes will be open during rush hour.

The $1.7 million construction project will add a westbound lane for traffic turning south on Eastern Boulevard.

In early August drivers can expect only one open eastbound lane with occasional westbound lane closures.

- There will continue to be one lane open on Md. 57, also known as St. Paul Road, as crews install storm drainage pipes. The area between U.S. 40 and Md. 494 will be paved in July.

- The impact on traffic should be minimal as crews replace a bridge on Md. 26 over Israel Creek in Frederick County, Md. The new, larger $2.41 million bridge is being built south of the existing bridge on Md. 26, also known as Liberty Road.

- Frederick County will get its first round-about in downtown Brunswick, involving Md. 17, Maryland Avenue, A Street and B Street.

Lane closures will occur during off-peak traffic hours. The $475,000 project will start in mid-August and be done by early next year.

- On W.Va. 51 near the Tuscawilla Hills subdivision west of Charles Town, W.Va., crews are removing humps in the road that restricted sight distance for drivers.

One lane is open and controlled by a traffic signal 24 hours a day. That work should be completed by September.

- Traffic on U.S. 522 north of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., can expect delays for about a month starting in mid-July as crews repair storm drains and repave the two-lane road.

- Starting in late July Fulton County, Pa., drivers can expect to see a worker directing traffic where Pa. 475 and Pa. 655 converge as the roads are resurfaced.

- A detour will be set up for Pa. 913 near New Grenada in September as pipes under the road are replaced.

- In Franklin County, Pa., several resurfacing and traffic signal installations on state routes are nearing completion or about to begin.

Some lanes will be closed occasionally either before or after afternoon rush hour.

The repaving jobs include Pa. 995, also known as Warm Springs Road, from Lemar Road to the Back Creek bridge. That work has begun and should be done in October.

Sources: Maryland State Highway Administration, West Virginia Division of Highways and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

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