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I-70 bridge work over Md. 63 to begin this month

Crews will widen the bridges by more than 51 feet in each direction

December 13, 2012

The project to reconstruct and widen the I-70 bridges over Md. 63, also known as Greencastle Pike, will begin this month, according to an emailed release from the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Crews will widen the bridges by more than 51 feet in each direction, and will consist of two traffic lanes with a wide inner shoulder, according to the release.

Traffic will be shifted to the outer sides of the bridges while crews work on the inner portions, and it will be shifted to the inside while crews work on the outer portions. The bridges are expected to remain open during the construction, according to the release. Preliminary work at the site has already begun.

At some point, the SHA will reduce the speed limit to 55 miles per hour in the area and deploy the Maryland SafeZones automated speed enforcement program, which uses laser technology and photography to catch motorists driving 12 mph or more over the speed limit and is already being used at the I-70 bridges over Conococheague Creek construction site, just two miles west of this work zone.

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The project is expected to last nearly two years and cost $14 million, according to the release. C. William Hetzer Inc. has been contracted to work on the project.

Approximately 46,000 motorists travel along I-70 near Md. 63 each day, according to the release.

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