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Morning MoJo report - Dec. 12

December 12, 2012

Here is the Morning MoJo Report for Wednesday, Dec. 12:

* As of 7:45 a.m., traffic was sluggish on I-270 southbound and I-495 in both directions, but was running fine on all the other interstates throughout the area.

* On the MARC Train, Train 845 was holding west of Muirkirk because of a disabled freight train ahead, according to the Maryland Transit Administration's website, mta.maryland.gov.

* The Commuter Buses, light rail, metro bus service, and mobility service are all running on time and operating on their regular schedules, according to the MTA website.

* The weather today is expected to be cloudy with a high of 44 degrees, with winds around 3 miles per hour, according to the AccuWeather forecast on the HMTV6 weather website at www.herald-mail.com/hmtv6/weather/. Tonight, it's expected to be clear with a low around 26 degrees and wind around 3 mph. Check the HMTV6 weather blog at hagerstownblogs.com/brittany-beggs/ for weather updates.

* Work to improve Alternate U.S. 40 and Poffenberger Road is still in progress. Poffenberger Road is closed between Garis Shop Road and Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65). Traffic on Alternate U.S. 40 may be reduced to one lane at times. Workers are assisting traffic there when needed.

* Work to improve the intersection of U.S. 40 and Md. 63 is expected to continue until the spring of 2013, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. Workers are assisting traffic in the area when neede. Expect occasional lane closures.

* Rice Road closed last month and is expected to remain closed for about 9 more weeks for a culvert replacement, according to the Washington County Division of Public Works. Resley Road is serving as its designated detour route.

* Speed cameras have been placed on I-70 at Conococheague Creek for work zone safety as part of the bridge rehabilitation project there, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. Motorists driving more than 12 miles over the posted speed limit in the area, which is 55 miles per hour, will face a $40 citation.

* The intersection of U.S. 40 and Md. 63 is expected to undergo flagging operations beginning Tuesday, Dec. 11,  between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and lasting at least through Friday, Dec. 14, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. Motorists should expect possible delays in the area.

* The left lane of I-81 northbound and the left lane of I-81 southbound are expected to close between Exit 5 to Halfway Boulevard and Exit 6 to U.S. 40 on Thursday, Dec. 13,  at times between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. so crews can pave a new emergency crossover in the median of I-81 north of Halfway Boulevard, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration.

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