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Washington County highway projects

September 24, 1999

Maryland Transportation Department administrators updated Washington County officials Friday on $70 million in Washington County projects.

The projects include:




- The $17.9 million interchange at Interstate 81 and Halfway Boulevard. The new interchange will include an eight-lane bridge and a partial cloverleaf design.

The cost includes replacing the CSX bridge over Halfway. Construction began in spring 1998 and the interchange will be open to traffic in fall 2001.

- The $1.6 million replacement of the 40-year-old Md. 64 bridge in Smithsburg. Construction will begin in spring 2000 and finish by the end of the year.

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- The $10,000 installation of "Welcome to Washington County" signs on westbound Interstate 70 and eastbound Interstate 68 at the Washington County lines.

- The $1.05 million purchase of 11 property easements to preserve land near the Antietam and South Mountain battlefields.

- The $1.93 million resurfacing of Md. 68 from .37 miles east of Md. 144 to I-70. Work will begin later this fiscal year.

- The $1.67 million resurfacing of I-70 from .75 miles east of Md. 615 to .28 miles east of Md. 56. Work will begin later this year.

- The $110,000 resurfacing of Raven Rock Road from Md. 64 to Warner Hollow Road. Work is under way.

- The $2.9 million replacement of the Md. 34 bridge over the Potomac River. Construction will start next fiscal year.

- The $4.57 million replacement of 10 bridges on I-70, which will begin this fiscal year.

- The $2.03 million widening of the bridge at Eastern Boulevard and Dual Highway in Hagerstown to provide a left turn lane for traffic turning south on Eastern.

- The $300,000 construction of a roundabout at Md. 66 and Mt. Aetna Road. Construction will begin in spring 2001.

- The $154,000 drainage improvements at Md. 77 and Appalachian Court.

- The $3.6 million street improvements on Alternate U.S. 40 from Md. 68 to .05 miles west of Md. 67 in Boonsboro. Construction will start later this year.

- The $2.2 million street improvements on Md. 144 in Hancock, from Church Street to Timber Ridge Road. Construction begins April 2001.

- The $1.01 million street improvements on U.S. 40 through Clear Spring. Work began in June.

- The $1.317 million signal systemization on U.S. 40 from Nottingham Road to Cannon Avenue in Hagerstown. Work began earlier this year.

- The $559,000 installation of traffic alert signs on I-70 between Md. 63 and Md. 17, which began earlier this year.

- The $91,000 landscaping and construction of pedestrian walkways at Washington Monument State Park. Work is under way.

- The $172,000 stabilization of the Conococheague Aqueduct, which is part of the C&O Canal. Work will begin in summer 2000.

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