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Opens under airport project

U.S. 11

November 29, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Motorists driving in Hagerstown's North End can now travel under Hagerstown Regional Airport's expansion project with Tuesday's opening of a portion of the new U.S. 11.

Airport manager Carolyn Motz said two lanes of traffic opened Tuesday. The lanes, which are on the west side of the road, pass under runway and taxiway bridges, she said.

One lane will accommodate northbound traffic and the other, southbound traffic, until two other lanes on the east side of the road are complete, Motz said.

Motz said she was not sure when the two lanes on the east side will open.

"It'll be awhile, I'm sure. It will be between now and May - probably closer to May," she said.

A timeline available on the airport's Web site indicates the project began Sept. 23, 2005, and is expected to wrap up May 30, 2007. The cost for the roadwork is about $17.4 million.

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Motz said Air View Road is closed to all but local traffic and Byers Road remains closed.

The total project, which will increase to 7,000 feet the airport's longest runway, is expected to cost $60 million. It is expected to be complete by December 2007.

Motz said the roadwork has been done on time and on budget.

"Everything is performing as planned," Motz said.

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