HAGERSTOWN -- A $3.5 million project to improve safety at the interchange of Interstates 70 and 81 southwest of Hagerstown is on track to be completed in late August or early September, a State Highway Administration spokesman said.
Behind concrete barriers, crews are in the process of building acceleration lanes for vehicles merging onto eastbound I-70 from northbound I-81 and those merging onto northbound I-81 from westbound I-70, SHA spokesman David Buck said.
Before the project, merge areas in those spots were basically nonexistent, Buck said.
Another part of the project, which improved the bank elevation on the ramp from southbound I-81 to eastbound I-70, was completed earlier this summer, Buck said.
The project also includes repaving, the creation of a stormwater management pond and light repairs.
It is being funded 80 percent by the federal government and 20 percent by the state, Buck said. The contractor is C. William Hetzer Inc. of Hagerstown.