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$4.7 million project to improve I-70 in Washington County approved

September 30, 2010

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has approved funding for a $4.7 million project to improve Interstate 70 in Washington County, the State Highway Administration announced Thursday in a news release.

State Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley made the announcement at the Washington County Adminstration Building during the annual meeting with local officials and citizens to discuss the Maryland Department of Transportation's six-year capital transportation plan, the release said.

The project will resurface and add guardrails along four miles on I-70 between the Frederick County line and Md. 66 (Mapleville Road), according to the release.

More than 58,000 vehicles, 15 percent of which are trucks, travel that section of I-70 every day, according to the SHA.

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That section of highway was last resurfaced in 1997. The pavement is in fair condition with moderate cracking and rutting and is in need of repair, the release said.

The project will begin next spring and should be completed by mid-summer 2011, weather permitting, the release said.

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