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All nonemergency roadwork suspended for next two holiday weekends

December 22, 2011

The Maryland State Highway Administration will suspend all nonemergency roadwork for the next two holiday weekends, officials said Thursday.

The SHA will suspend roadwork from today at 9 a.m. until Tuesday at 9 a.m., SHA spokesman David Buck said in a news release. The same will be true for the New Year's weekend.

"We'll suspend roadwork again next Friday at the same time, and it will start again that next Tuesday," Buck said.

He said contractors might be out working on Tuesday, Dec. 27, through Thursday, Dec. 29, but the roads will be open any other time between today and Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Buck said there is a possibility all roads will remain open throughout next week.

"Not too many contractors come out for three days," he said. "But there could be lane closures, because they can work Tuesday through Thursday next week."

Officials do not anticipate the same problems with interstate travel this weekend as with other holidays. As a result, there will not be extra workers to assist motorists on the interstate as there were on Thanksgiving.

"Travel around this time of the year is far more spread out," he said. "It's a more predictable time-frame on holidays like Thanksgiving or Memorial Day."

The most heavily traveled day will probably be today because people will be leaving to celebrate the Christmas holiday, Buck said.

There also could be travelers on Christmas Day, because after celebrating Christmas morning, some people travel to other family members' homes.

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