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Eastern Blvd. work continues

September 27, 2008

The work to widen Eastern Boulevard is nearing its third and final phase as the contractor prepares to install new pavement and concrete medians in the center portion of the roadway, according to a City of Hagerstown press release.

Traffic on Eastern Boulevard will be shifted to the new pavement on the east and west sides of the roadway to allow for removal and replacement of the existing pavement in the middle of the road.

Weather permitting, beginning Monday and lasting until about Nov. 1, the center portion of Eastern Boulevard will be closed to allow for pavement removal, soil stabilization, installation of the new pavement section and the installation of the new partial traffic signal at Opal Court.

The following changes to traffic patterns will occur:

· Professional Court - The crossover portion of the intersection will remain open to accommodate turning vehicles, however, there might be short periods of time when left turns into and out of Professional Court are restricted to accommodate the construction.

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· Opal Court - Inbound left turns from southbound Eastern Boulevard and outbound left turns onto Eastern Boulevard will be restricted. Motorists wanting to access Opal Court will be forced to use northbound Eastern Boulevard. Motorists leaving Opal Court will be forced to turn right and head north toward Professional Court and Jefferson Boulevard.

· Diamond Drive - Inbound left turns from southbound Eastern Boulevard and outbound left turns onto Eastern Boulevard will be restricted. Motorists wanting to access Diamond Drive will be forced to use northbound Eastern Boulevard or Cameo Drive. Motorists leaving Diamond Drive will be forced to turn right onto Eastern Boulevard and head north toward Jefferson Boulevard.

Emergency vehicles will be able to pass through the work zones, however, access from Eastern Boulevard to side streets will be restricted as noted above.

For information, call the City of Hagerstown's Department of Engineering and Code Administration at 301-739-8577, ext. 125.

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