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Bridge work might reroute traffic for months

U.S. 40

July 01, 2005

A project to replace the U.S. 40 bridge over Licking Creek east of Hancock will reroute traffic around the bridge for up to five months, beginning July 8, state roads officials said.

The cost to replace the bridge is $1.6 million, according to a news release from the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Road detours will use the exits at Md. 615/Millstone Road (exit 5) and Md. 56/Big Pool Road. Travelers on U.S. 40 should take note of the following detour routes, officials said:

  • Motorists traveling eastbound along Interstate 70 wishing to head east on U.S. 40, past Licking Creek, should continue along I-70 until exit 12, Md. 56/Big Pool Road, and follow detour signs to U.S. 40.

  • Local drivers from Park Head Road and Pecktonville Road wishing to drive east on U.S. 40 should instead take I-70 west one exit toward Hancock. Take the Md. 615 exit (exit 5), turn left at Hollow Road to return to eastbound I-70 toward Hagerstown, and take exit 12, Md. 56, and follow the signs.

  • Westbound drivers on U.S. 40 should turn right onto southbound Md. 56 and turn onto I-70 west.


Anyone with questions about this project or other local projects can contact the SHA district office at 301-729-8400, or 1-800-760-7138.

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