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Construction backs up westbound I-70

June 12, 2008

Westbound traffic on Interstate 70 is backed up, beginning at the Md. 63 interchange west of Hagerstown, due to highway paving, a Maryland State Highway Adminstration spokesman said.

At about 3:15 p.m., the backup reached as far east as Md. 65, Maryland State Police said.

The backup is due to the closure of the left lane of westbound I-70 on the bridge over Md. 63, which has been repaved but is still cooling, SHA spokesman Chuck Gischlar said.

Highway officials expect to have the lane reopen by 4:15 p.m., Gischlar said.

"We're sorry for the inconvenience, but it is to improve the ride quality," Gischlar said. "We appreciate the motorists' patience."

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