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Resurfacing project could finish ahead of schedule

SHA: I-70

July 15, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com

The Interstate 70 resurfacing project between Mapleville Road (Md. 66, Exit 35) and the Frederick County line could possibly finish ahead of schedule, Geoff McCammon, spokesperson for the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), said Friday

"We've been fortunate enough to have a lot of good weather days this summer," McCammon said. "Our crews are really getting a lot done."

The SHA has completed the paving on the two driving lanes of I-70 westbound, McCammon said. However, crews still have to pave the shoulder lanes in that direction, and they have to pave the lanes on I-70 eastbound. The project is expected to be completed in the fall.

"Anything could happen that could set us back," McCammon said. "Even though we could finish ahead of schedule, we're still shooting for the same time to finish because there could be a bunch of rainy days between now and then."

Since the paving has begun, motorists have been advised to expect lane closures on eastbound I-70  Monday through Thursday between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. and Sunday between midnight and 11 a.m., according to a press release from the SHA. They were also advised to expect lane closures on westbound I-70 Monday through Thursday between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and Sunday from midnight to 11 a.m.

Mapleville Road (Md. 66) has also been subjected to periodic closures throughout the day near I-70.

The SHA had already begun preliminary work on the resurfacing project in early June, according to a published report in June. The preliminary work involved patching the roads and stabilizing the area around the interstate, including concrete repair work on the U.S. 40 bridge over I-70 at the top of South Mountain. McCammon said repair work on that bridge is still going on.

Nearly 60,000 vehicles travel on this section of I-70 each day, according to the press release. The project will cost about $3.7 million. F.O. Day, Inc. of Rockville, Md., is the contrator.

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