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Rainy spring hindered work at Dual Highway and Edgewood Drive

Massey Boulevard widening remains on schedule

August 04, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com
  • Orange and white traffic cones and barrels block traffic lanes on Edgewood Drive at Dual Highway on Thursday. Work at the intersection of Dual Highway and Edgewood Drive took longer than expected because of a rainy spring, but it should be finished in early September, barring any unforeseen issues, a State Highway Administration official said Thursday.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

Work at the intersection of Dual Highway and Edgewood Drive took longer than expected because of a rainy spring, but it should be finished in early September, barring any unforeseen issues, a State Highway Administration official said Thursday.

The project, a joint effort between the state, Washington County and city of Hagerstown, has been going on since August 2009. It included widening both Dual Highway (U.S. 40) and Edgewood Drive and creating a double left-turn lane from southbound Edgewood Drive to eastbound Dual Highway, among other improvements.

Early in the project, SHA officials predicted it would be finished in fall 2010; this February, they predicted completion at the end of May. Now, two years in, the widening is complete but the intersection remains a sea of orange and white cones and barrels.

Some of those barrels are closing off a lane that will not become active until traffic signals are reprogrammed and new signs are hung, said Geoff McCammon, SHA community liaison for Washington County.

"That will be done once all the pavement markings have been completed," he said, predicting it would be a couple of weeks before all the lanes are in use.

Other remaining work includes several driveway tie-ins at the entrances to homes and businesses — four on eastbound Dual Highway, three on northbound Edgewood Drive, and the Hoffman Automotive entrance on southbound Edgewood Drive — as well as a guardrail and some sidewalk work.

In addition, a stormwater-management pond needs to be completed in front of the Bob Evans restaurant and the former Blockbuster store, McCammon said.

"Given all the rain we had in early spring, it kind of pushed things back a couple months," McCammon said. "March and, especially, April were very rainy months, and a lot of the work is weather dependent. You can't pave in the rain."

Other delays were related to a gas line that needed to be moved away from the stormwater-management pond site and a sprinkler irrigation system in that area that was unknown to the SHA, he said.


Massey on schedule

Meanwhile, work at another busy Washington County intersection is progressing according to schedule.

At Halfway and Massey boulevards near Valley Mall, much of the work to widen Massey Boulevard north of the intersection is complete, said Scott Hobbs, Washington County's chief of engineering design.

Of that work — which made up the first two phases of the project — only the final surface paving of the northbound lanes remains, he said.

Now, crews are working on the southeast corner of the intersection, near Motel 6, Hobbs said. There, the contractor is grading and placing additional embankment to support a new right-turn lane from northbound Massey Boulevard to eastbound Halfway Boulevard, he said.

Crews will also be removing concrete medians from Massey Boulevard south of the intersection to allow lane shifting to make room for the widening work, Hobbs said.

Within the next two weeks, the contractor also plans to begin removing the medians from Massey Boulevard north of the intersection and replacing them with new ones, he said. That is the last work remaining on the north side of the intersection, he said.

Drivers should expect continued lane shifts and lane closures, but no truck detours should be required for the upcoming work, he said.

The project is still on schedule and should be completed before Thanksgiving, weather permitting, Hobbs said.

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