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Road projects to affect traffic in Hagerstown area this week

December 09, 2012

Work on two Hagerstown-area projects will affect traffic this week in Washington County, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA).

Beginning Tuesday, weather permitting, a flagging operation will be in place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at the intersection of U.S. 40 (National Pike) and Md. 63 (Greencastle Pike) at Huyetts Crossroads. Flagging will continue at least through Friday and, if necessary, might continue the following week. Motorists should anticipate possible delays during these hours.

The flagging will allow single-lane closures while crews cut into the pavement to install new traffic-signal wires as part of an ongoing intersection improvement project. Pavement will be patched at the end of each workday and the traffic signal will be reactivated, allowing all lanes of traffic to reopen in time for the afternoon rush hour. The $1.5 million project will add additional turn lanes to Md. 63. The entire project is expected to be completed by spring 2013.

A separate project will affect traffic on Interstate 81 near Halfway Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. At 9 a.m., crews will close the left lane of northbound I-81 between the Halfway Boulevard and U.S. 40 exits, and at about 11 a.m., crews will close the left lane of southbound I-81 in the same area. The lane closures will allow crews to pave a new emergency crossover in the median of I-81 north of Halfway Boulevard.

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