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Monday breakdown: Huyetts Crossroads traffic signals

March 31, 2013|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com
  • Crews work last week at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Md. 63 (Greencastle Pike), west of Hagerstown.
Photo by C.J. Lovelace

HUYETTS — A Clear Spring resident submitted a question through Mail Call recently, asking about the ongoing roadwork at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Md. 63 (Greencastle Pike) west of Hagerstown.

“Observe the Maryland taxpayers’ money at work, at Huyetts Crossroads,” the person wrote. “The traffic signal supports that were built and installed one year ago are being destroyed, because they were in the wrong location? Blunder, or not?”

Heather Keels, spokeswoman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, wrote in an email Thursday that the traffic signals are being relocated as part of a project to add additional turn lanes and bicycle lanes along Md. 63.

“The letter-writer is mistaken about these poles having been installed one year ago; the existing traffic signal poles were put in about 10 years ago when U.S. 40 was widened,” Keels wrote. “Three of the new poles have been installed over the past few months and the fourth will be installed in early April.”

Keels said underground rock has slowed the installation of the new signal poles, but that did not result in anything being relocated. The contractor was able to install the new poles in the planned locations, she said.

“When this project is complete, Md. 63 will have a dedicated left-turn lane, through-lane, 6-foot bicycle lane, and dedicated right-turn lane on both approaches to the intersection for improved safety and traffic flow,” Keels wrote.

Widening of the northbound side of Md. 63 is complete, but not yet open to traffic. Crews were installing barrier walls Thursday in preparation to begin phase two of the project, which includes widening on the southbound side, Keels said.

Other upcoming work includes installing pedestrian crossing poles and crosswalk and sidewalk work.

“Weather permitting, the project will be complete by summer,” Keels said.

— Compiled by C.J. Lovelace

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