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SHA: 'Main priority is reopening Poffenberger Road'

January 11, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com

Poffenberger Road, which closed to through traffic between Sharpsburg Pike and Garis Shop Road on Sept. 4, remains closed now more than two months after it was expected to reopen.

“We understand this has been an inconvenience on the residents in the area, and we appreciate their patience,” Maryland State Highway Administration District 6 and 7 Community Liaison Heather Keels said. “We hope to have the road open by the end of the month.”

The road was closed so work crews could move the intersection of U.S. 40 Alternate and Poffenberger Road about 250 feet west and install a roundabout at the intersection of Poffenberger Road and Garis Shop Road. The work was part of an overall project that also included widening U.S. 40 Alternate east of Funkstown.

Completion of the work was delayed due to the fact that utility companies had to move several utility lines in the area.

“The utility work is now finished,” Keels said.

Road striping and removing the barrier wall in the area are things that have to be done before the road can reopen, according to Keels.

“In the spring, we will have to come back for paving on U.S. 40 Alternate that requires warmer temperatures,” she said. “But right now our main priority is reopening Poffenberger Road.”

Motorists traveling between Sharpsburg Pike and U.S. 40 Alternate can use Wagaman Road to Garis Shop Road as a detour.

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