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Morning MoJo report - Jan. 15

January 15, 2013

Here is the Morning MoJo Report for Tuesday, Jan. 15:

* As of 7:45 a.m., traffic was a little sluggish on I-270 southbound and I-495, and I-81 southbound at Exit 23 to U.S. 11 in Berkeley County remained closed due to a tractor-trailer accident Monday night, but was running fine on all the other interstates throughout the area.

* The MARC Train, Commuter Buses, light rail, metro bus service and mobility service were all running on time and operating on their regular schedules, according to the Maryland Transit Administration's website, http://mta.maryland.gov.

* The weather today is expected to be cloudy and colder with a little rain, a high of 40 degrees, winds around 4 miles per hour, and a 55 percent chance of precipitation, according to the AccuWeather forecast on the HMTV6 weather website at www.herald-mail.com/hmtv6/weather/. Tonight, it's expected to be include periods of snow, sleet and rain with little or no accumulation, a low around 33 degrees, winds around 3 mph, and a 68 percent chance of precipitation. Check the HMTV6 weather blog at http://hagerstownblogs.com/brittany-beggs/ for weather updates.

* Work to improve U.S. Alternate 40 and Poffenberger Road is still in progress. Poffenberger Road is closed between Garis Shop Road and Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65). However, Heather Keels of the SHA said that the road should be opened by the end of this month, as the utility work is complete and all that is left is road striping, the signing and removing the barrier wall. 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, according to reports from the Maryland State Highway Administration. Workers are assisting traffic in the area when needed. Expect lane closures at different times.

* Rice Road is expected to remain closed for about four 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 of 55 mph in the area will face a $40 citation.

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