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Phase one of upgrade at Massey and Halfway boulevards is nearly complete

June 21, 2011

Phase One of the project to upgrade the intersection of Massey Boulevard and Halfway Boulevard near Hagerstown is about 90 percent complete, Rob Slocum, deputy director of public works for Washington County, said Tuesday.

"The overall project is about 45 percent complete," he said. "We have done some work in all four phases."

The first phase of the project has been expanding Massey Boulevard southbound, Slocum said. The second phase involves expanding Massey Boulevard northbound and the third phase involves expanding Massey on the Valley Mall side, in addition to utility work and gas relocation. The fourth phase involves work on Halfway Boulevard and signal installation.

Traffic has been very congested in the area at times because of the project. Currently, a detour is set up for trucks going westbound on Halfway Boulevard toward the intersection, Slocum said.

"Trucks can circle around the intersection to Underpass Way," he said. "That should last about two weeks."

Work on the project is on schedule, Slocum said. According to a published report in May, it is scheduled to be completed just before Thanksgiving.

Slocum said the project will cost around $5.2 million. About $2 million of that will come from the state and $1.47 million from federal funding.

— Caleb Calhoun

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