Work on I-70 bridge over Hopewell Road progresses

March 20, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Interstate 70 traffic whizzes by Tuesday while work on the freeway bridge alters traffic on Hopewell Road below.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HALFWAY — During the past two days, new concrete-and-steel beams have been put in place at the Interstate 70 bridge over Hopewell Road at Interstate 81 as part of an interchange safety-improvement project, the Maryland State Highway Administration said.

“We are setting the beams today and widening the roadway for the interchange at (Interstate) 81,” SHA Project Manager Ron Ritz said.

The beams were installed to support the widening of the bridge, Ritz said. The bridge is being widened to help support lanes being added to ramps at the interchange.

“They are part of the deck system or the widening of the ramps to allow access for the lanes” to I-81, Ritz said.

The project is in its second phase, which includes widening two ramps at the interchange, he said.

At Ramp 6, from I-70 eastbound to I-81 southbound, a deceleration lane and a parallel exit are being added. At Ramp 8, from I-81 southbound to I-70 westbound, an  acceleration lane and parallel entrance are being added.

The widening of the bridge over Hopewell Road and the lowering of Hopewell Road are parts of that phase.

The first phase included upgrading the ramp from I-81 northbound to I-70 eastbound and the ramp from I-70 westbound to I-81 northbound.

The project began in July, 2011, and is expected to be completed by  September.

Pessoa Construction Co. has been contracted to work on the project for more than $3.5 million, Ritz said.

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