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Westbound I-70 ramp to Md. 66 to be closed overnight for resurfacing

July 19, 2011

The Interstate 70 westbound exit ramp (Exit 35) to Mapleville Road (Md. 66) will temporarily close Wednesday between midnight and 6 a.m. so crews can resurface it, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA).

The closure is part of the SHA's $3.7 million resurfacing project of Interstate 70 between the Frederick County line and the Mapleville Road (Md. 66) exit in Washington County.

A detour will be set up for motorists on I-70 westbound to take the Dual Highway (U.S. 40) exit (Exit 32) to I-70 eastbound to take the Mapleville Road (Md. 66) exit. Motorists can also just take Dual Highway (U.S. 40) eastbound to reach Mapleville Road (Md. 66) if they plan on heading toward Boonsboro.

Since the paving on the Interstate 70 resurfacing project has begun, motorists have been advised that Mapleville Road (Md. 66) would be subjected to periodic closures. They were also advised to expect lane closures on I-70 eastbound Monday through Thursday between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. and Sunday between midnight and 11 a.m. and on I-70 westbound Monday through Thursday between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and Sunday from midnight to 11 a.m., according to a press release from the SHA.

Preliminary work on the project began in June, and paving started in mid-July. Paving on the two driving lanes on I-70 westbound has already been completed, according to Geoff McCammon, spokesperson for the SHA.

The project is expected to be completed in the fall. F.O. Day, Inc. of Rockville, Md., is the contrator.

Nearly 60,000 vehicles travel on that section of I-70 each day, according to the press release.

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