FREDERICK, Md. - Gov. Robert Ehrlich announced that Maryland will invest $23 million to upgrade the South Mountain Welcome Centers along eastbound and westbound Interstate 70 in Frederick County.
The centers, which were built in the 1970s and are maintained by Maryland's State Highway Administration and the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, are used by more than 200,000 travelers each year. There are 13 such centers in Maryland.
When the renovation is completed, the South Mountain centers "will become a destination in themselves, with outdoor exhibit areas, expanded facilities and parking, and the latest in wireless technology to serve both tourists and business travelers," Ehrlich said.
According to a news release from the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, highlights of the project include separate lanes for vehicles, trucks and buses, increased parking areas, and expanded and improved buildings.