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Morning MoJo report - March 20

March 20, 2013

Here is the Morning Mojo Report for Wednesday, March 20:

* As of 7:30 a.m., traffic was sluggish on I-270 and I-495, but was running fine on all the other interstates throughout the area, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation's interactive mapping page on its website.

* The MARC Train, Light Rail, Commuter buses, 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 at http://mta.maryland.gov.
    
* The third floor of the MARC BWI Parking Garage 1 will be closed through March 23. Beginning March 24, the second floor of the garage will be closed through April 6, according to the MTA website.

* The weather today is expected to be breezy, colder, and cloudy with a rain or snow shower late this afternoon and patchy fog this morning with a shower in spots early along with a high of 46 degrees, winds around 12 miles per hour, and a 50 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 mostly cloudy, breezy, and cold with a snow shower, a low of 25 degrees, winds around 8 mph, and a 55 percent chance of precipitation. Check the HMTV6 weather blog at http://hagerstownblogs.com/brittany-beggs/ for weather updates.

* Traffic on the U.S. 522 bridge over the Potomac River in Hancock will be reduced to one lane with flaggers alternating traffic between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. every night for about five weeks until late April as the Maryland State Highway Administration has begun repair work to the bridge, the SHA said in an email.

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

* Speed cameras have been placed on I-70 at Conococheague Creek and I-70 at Md. 63 for work zone safety as part of bridge rehabilitation projects, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. Motorists driving more than 12 miles per hour over the posted 55 mph speed limit in those areas will face a $40 citation.

* I-70 at Conococheague Creek is subject to single-lane closures this week for its bridge rehabilitation project between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Md. 63 under I-70 is reduced to one lane in each direction with lanes shifted to the southbound side of the road, according to an emailed release from the Maryland State Highway Administration last Friday. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane each way until March 22, and on March 25 it will become a two-lane road with the lanes shifted to the northbound side.

* Traffic is being shifted to the outer edges of the I-70 bridges at Md. 63 as work crews prepare to begin demolition work on the inner sides of the bridges as part of the Maryland State Highway Administration  project to reconstruct and widen them, according to an emailed release from the SHA.

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