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Lane closures on I-70 bridges over Conococheague Creek expected throughout winter

The first SafeZones Automated Speed Enforcement system in Washington County is in effect there

November 14, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com

With work on the Interstate 70 cual bridges over the Conococheague Creek continuing, motorists can expect possible single-lane closures at certain times throughout the winter months.

“Folks will start to see some off-peak closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” Maryland State Highway Administration spokesperson Dave Buck said. “The impact to traffic over the winter will be minimal.”

The first SafeZones Automated Speed Enforcement system in Washington County has already gone into effect at that location, according to the SHA. Currently the system is in a warning period, but after the period ends on Wednesday, Nov. 28, motorists going 12 mph or more over the speed limit will face a $40 civil citation.

The work so far on the $16 million project has been a distance away from traffic, according to Buck. That included building a temporary bridge across the creek at creek level and a temporary access road beneath the bridge. Forty-foot concrete piers are being constructed from creek level, and concrete Jersey barriers have been put up.

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“Over the winter we’ll begin the demolition of the existing bridges over the Conococheague Creek,” Buck said. “Folks will start to see much more activity next spring and summer.”

By next summer, total road closures are possible, but Buck said if that’s the case, they would be closed between midnight and 5 a.m.

Throughout the project, traffic will be shifted to one side of the bridge in each direction when work is occurring on the other side, Buck said. A similar project on I-70 over Md. 63 east of the bridges is also going on, but Buck said workers on both projects will coordinate to make sure traffic is not adversely affected.

The rehabilitation project of the I-70 Dual Bridges over Conococheague Creek began in the summer, and it is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014, Buck said.

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