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New lanes to open on Dual Highway

September 22, 2000

New lanes to open on Dual Highway



New lanes on the Hagerstown Dual Highway bridge over Antietam Creek could be open Tuesday afternoon, but drivers can expect the Dual Highway repaving project to last into November, a State Highway Administration engineer said Friday.

The $1.8 million bridge-widening project results in one additional lane for westbound Dual Highway traffic at the intersection with Eastern Boulevard. When completed there will be one left-turn lane, one right-turn lane and two straight-through lanes for westbound traffic at that intersection, said John True, an SHA assistant district engineer.

True said the new traffic pattern should be in operation Tuesday afternoon, weather permitting.

Meanwhile, the $1.6 million Dual Highway repaving project continues.

Already, Dual Highway from Interstate 70 to the bridge over Antietam Creek has been patched and milled. True said the repaving of that section will probably begin around Wednesday and last about two weeks.

Once that is completed, milling and then repaving will be done to the rest of Dual Highway from the bridge over the creek to Cannon Avenue, he said.

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True said all the repaving work is scheduled to be completed by the end of November. That date could be pushed back by cold weather.

True said due to characteristics of the new pavement, paving is not done once the temperature drops below 40 degrees.

The repaving work will cause some lane closures, but it is not expected to have an impact on daytime traffic because the work will be done at night, True said.

- Dan Kulin

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