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I-70 welcome centers to be closed during reconstruction

April 23, 2008

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration will temporarily close the South Mountain Welcome Centers/Rest Areas along eastbound and westbound Interstate 70 at the Frederick/Washington County line on April 30.

The closure is necessary to allow SHA to reconstruct the two welcome centers and rest areas with new buildings, entrance and exit roads, parking and other supporting features. The $21.4 million project should be complete in fall 2009, weather permitting.

During construction, parking will not be allowed at either location. The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development will temporarily relocate the South Mountain Welcome Center to Prime Outlets in Hagerstown (1-70, Exit 29 - Md. 65 North). It will open at this new location May 10.

During the closure, commercial truck parking will not be available at the I-70 Welcome Centers; truck drivers are encouraged to make use of alternate sites in the region.

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