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Roadwork moving along

May 15, 2007

FUNKSTOWN - Work on Alternate U.S. 40 from the west end of town over Antietam Creek is progressing well, according to Gary Shank, resident engineer at the Maryland State Highway Administration in Washington County.

"We are paving the road, as well as addressing safety and drainage issues," Shank said.

The work began last fall but was stopped when winter weather arrived.

Tentatively, Shank said the work should be completed by this summer. There have been some traffic slowdowns, especially when the work was being done on the narrow Alternate U.S. 40 bridge.

Shank said the work contract ends around Kenly Avenue.

C. William Hetzer is the contractor on the project.

Residents have been dealing with road improvements at both bridges leading from Funkstown since last year.

East Oak Ridge Drive in Funkstown between Oak Ridge Place and the one-lane Funkstown Bridge was closed to through traffic for about three weeks last May and June.

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The project ran from Md. 65 to the bridge, and all work was completed by mid-summer 2006, Ed Plank, director of the Washington County Highway Department, said Monday.

The town council voted a year ago to send a letter to Washington County officials informing them that if money should become available for construction on the bridge in the future, the council would support widening it to two lanes, while maintaining its historic nature.

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