I-70 resurfacing work in eastern Washington County nearly done

September 19, 2011
  • Motorists traveling Interstate 70 in eastern Washington County should have an easier drive now that the resurfacing project between Exit 35 and the Frederick County line is nearly completed.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

The Interstate 70 resurfacing project in eastern Washington County between Exit 35 (Md. 66/Mapleville Road) and the Frederick County line is mostly completed, Geoff McCammon, spokesperson for the Maryland State Highway Administration, said Monday.

"The paving is pretty much done," he said. "Some lane markings still need to be done, but it shouldn't affect traffic."

Motorists should not expect any more road or lane closures, McCammon said.

Preliminary work for the project began in early June, and the paving began in July, according to a published report in July. It was expected to be completed by September, and McCammon said the work has been pretty much on schedule.

"We were fortunate not to have too many bad weather days," he said. "The weather held us back a little bit recently, but we were still able to stay on schedule."

When the paving began, I-70 was subject to lane closures on the eastbound side Monday through Thursday between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. and Sunday between midnight and 11 a.m., according to a published report in June. The westbound side was also subject to lane closures Monday through Thursday between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and Sunday from midnight to 11 a.m. Md. 66 was subject to periodic closures throughout the day near I-70.

Nearly 60,000 vehicles travel on this section of I-70 each day, according to the published report.

The project cost about $3.7 million. F.O. Day, Inc. of Rockville, Md., was the contractor.

— Caleb Calhoun, Mobile Journalist

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