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Transportation projects

September 21, 2000

Transportation projects



Maryland Transportation Department administrators updated Washington County officials Thursday on $60 million in Washington County projects.

The projects include:

- A $16.8 million interchange at Interstate 81 and Halfway Boulevard. The new interchange with an eight-lane bridge will have a partial cloverleaf design. Construction began in spring 1998 and the interchange will be open to traffic in fall 2001.

- The $340,000 rehabilitation of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Water Bridge over the Conococheague Creek. Construction will start in early spring.

- The $515,000 construction of a roundabout at Md. 66 and Mount Aetna Road. Construction will begin in summer 2001.

- The $18 million replacement of the 62-year-old Shepherdstown Pike Bridge. Construction will start next fall. West Virginia is paying for half of the costs.

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- The $1.8 million replacement of the 40-year-old Md. 64 bridge over railroad tracks in Smithsburg. Construction will start by fall.

- The $1.9 million resurfacing of Dual Highway from Cannon Avenue to Interstate 70, which has begun.

- The $3.3 million construction of a 9.5-mile paved rail-trail conversion on the Western Maryland Rail/Trail from Hancock to Long Hollow Bridge. Construction starts in spring 2001.

- $4.3 million in street improvements on Alternate U.S. 40 from Md. 68 to .05 miles west of Md. 67 in Boonsboro. Construction will start next year.

- $2.3 million in street improvements on Main Street in Hancock, from Church Street to Timber Ridge Road. Construction begins this spring.

- The $100,000 retrofitting of sidewalks on Dual Highway from Cleveland Avenue to west of Eastern Boulevard. Construction starts in fiscal 2001. The fiscal year begins July 1.

- The $1 million reconstruction of West Washington and Franklin streets from Walnut Street to Potomac Street. Construction starts in fiscal 2001.

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