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December 13, 2011
Traffic is backed up on Interstate 70 west near the 23-mile marker while road crews clear up debris in the road, a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said. The 23-mile marker is just west of the I-70 interchange with Md. 63 north of Williamsport.
BREAKINGNEWS
March 13, 2011
A Maryland State Highway Administration crew was called out Sunday morning to repair a growing pothole and a crack in the slow lane of westbound Interstate 70, east of the bridge over Black Rock Road, according to Maryland State Police and Washington County Emergency Services. The pothole east of Hagerstown had not become a sinkhole yet, state police said around 11:20 a.m. Sunday. The hole was about 18 inches in diameter and 10 inches deep, according to a 911 supervisor.
NEWS
July 11, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia Division of Highway officials met Thursday with Jefferson County Commissioners to go over the latest proposed route for a new W.Va. 9. Highway officials said the latest proposal, a four-lane road that will generally track the current W.Va. 9 corridor between Charles Town and Martinsburg, W.Va., will spare historic properties and more homes and businesses than an earlier route. But Jefferson County Commissioner Edgar Ridgeway, whose home may be in the path of the project, criticized the highway officials for not looking closely enough at alternative routes.
NEWS
May 29, 2009
WILLIAMSPORT -- A tractor-trailer accident on northbound Interstate 81 near Williamsport created traffic problems Friday morning. The accident, reported around 7 a.m., caused property damage and left a tractor-trailer on its side, a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said. The right northbound lane and shoulder of the highway at the 1.5-mile mark were closed for several hours, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation. Traffic was backed up several miles into West Virginia.
NEWS
August 28, 1998
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission on Thursday signed a resolution supporting the widening of W.Va. 9 to a four-lane highway. The resolution was similar to one passed recently by the Berkeley County Commission, said Commissioner Gregory Lance. Commissioner Edgar Ridgeway opposed the resolution, Lance said.
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 16, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Though paving on the four-lane W.Va. 9 widening project has been shut down for the winter season, the contractor awarded the first section of road construction in Berkeley County is preparing to begin work, Division of Highways Area Engineer William "Bill" Shanklin said Friday. Nearly half of the paving work has been completed on three sections of road in Jefferson County, but highway officials have blocked off the area for the winter to keep unauthorized vehicles out because it is not safe for them to be there, Shanklin said.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | April 11, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Motorists fuming about congestion on W.Va. 9 in the Bardane area can actually see relief coming as they make their way down the two-lane road. Running parallel to the existing W.Va. 9 is the new four-lane W.Va. 9. It's hard to miss the new road with its light-colored concrete lanes winding through the countryside. Most of the concrete for the new road from the northern end of the Charles Town Bypass to Kearneysville has been poured and that section of the much-anticipated highway will be the first section to be opened to the public, said Bob Amtower, district manager for the District 5 office of the Department of Highways.
NEWS
BY STACEY DANZUSO | April 23, 2002
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A $2 million study will determine the feasibility of widening Interstate 81 to six lanes from the Maryland/Pennsylvania state line to north of Harrisburg, Pa. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently signed a contract with a Philadelphia-based consultant to begin the 24-month study. The study will evaluate the potential of widening the existing four-lane highway to six lanes, focusing on widening within the existing right-of-way and lengthening acceleration/deceleration lanes, said State Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin.
BREAKINGNEWS
February 7, 2013
A helicopter has been called to a single-vehicle accident that was reported at about 1 p.m. Thursday near Hancock, a Washington County Emergency Services supervisor said. The supervisor said the accident occurred at the No. 1 exit from Interstate 70, which is where U.S. 522 and the highway intersect. One lane of U.S. 522 was been shut down to traffic. Further details were not immediately available.
BREAKINGNEWS
March 11, 2013
A Germantown, Md., woman was thrown from the vehicle she was driving on Interstate 81 Monday after crashing near the exit for Hedgesville, W.Va., the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said. Linda Overstreet, 51, was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg and then flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., after being found lying on the ground near exit 16, according to police and emergency officials. Overstreet was not listed as a patient at the hospital as of 5 p.m., an Inova Fairfax Hospital spokesman said.
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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | September 1, 2013
A Washington County developer has purchased land along Hagerstown's Dual Highway where cars have been sold for generations, and is planning to build a large office and commercial building there in about two years. The four-acre site, long the home of the Sharrett car dealership and now still one of its two locations, was sold early this summer to Asad M. Ghattas, both Ghattas and Sharrett President Will Perryman said last week. Ghattas paid $2,259,500 for the site, according to deed records at the Washington County Courthouse.
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BREAKINGNEWS
August 27, 2013
The Maryland State Highway Administration will begin construction next week on a $1.5 million park-and-ride lot at the Interstate 81/Md. 68 interchange near Williamsport. The 42-space park-and-ride lot, in the southwest corner of the I-81 Exit 1 interchange, is expected to be completed in spring 2014, the SHA said in a news release. It will replace an informal gravel parking lot on the shoulder of Md. 68 that has been used for several years by about 20 vehicles per day. That parking area will be unavailable during construction, the release said.  The park-and-ride will have nine tractor-trailer parking spaces to help meet the need for overnight parking for truckers.
NEWS
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | August 25, 2013
nnsylvania Avenue intersection with Club Road. It leads into the Fountain Head housing development, across U.S. 11, opposite the plaza entrance. Because of the new office building Ghattas was to erect, SHA wanted him to upgrade the intersection. Its current “walk-don't walk” signs for pedestrians as well as other safety features were installed by Ghattas in 1984 when he was building Fountainhead Plaza. This time, Gischlar said, SHA wants Ghattas to install more modern signs showing a countdown, indicating to walkers how much time remains for them to safely cross.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 17, 2013
Should the widening of W.Va. 45 to six lanes between South Queen Street and Interstate 81 in Martinsburg be a priority among the Eastern Panhandle's road improvement needs? What about the Eastern Boulevard project to build a four-lane divided road from Antietam Drive to Md. 60 in Hagerstown? Area residents are being encouraged to share their opinions on the importance of those and dozens of other highway projects proposed in Berkeley, Jefferson and Washington counties in an online survey launched last week by the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization, or HEPMPO.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 12, 2013
The West Virginia State Police seized property estimated to be worth about $200,000 Thursday from a former state Division of Highways worker accused of stealing from the agency, according to court records. William Robert Smallwood, 55, of 135 Myers Bridge Road, Martinsburg, was arraigned Friday morning by Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses. Smallwood, who worked as a storekeeper for the highway division's District 5 operations in Berkeley County, is no longer employed with the agency, West Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Brent Walker said Friday.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 10, 2013
A Hagerstown man charged with firing a handgun as he drove down Dual Highway on Tuesday afternoon was shooting at two people he believed had smashed the window of his vehicle at a hotel, according to charging documents. Andrew Martin Campos, 23, of 117 N. Mulberry St. has been charged with two counts of second-degree attempted murder and other charges, the documents said. He appeared for a bond review hearing Wednesday afternoon via a closed-circuit television between the Washington County Detention Center and Washington County District Court in Hagerstown, where Judge R. Noel Spence maintained the previously set bond at $400,000.
NEWS
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | June 9, 2013
Fifteen years ago, Hagerstown's eastern edge along Dual Highway near Interstate 70 was Washington County's hotel hot spot, with four of its five busiest hotels. But these days, the locations that dominate have swung to the city's western fringe along Interstate 81, where the current king is the Hampton Inn off Maugans Avenue. All four runners-up are off I-81's Halfway Boulevard exit five miles south. According to The Herald-Mail's review of revenue from the county's hotel/motel tax, hotels in the Halfway area alone accounted for $13.2 million - more than half of the $24.9 million spent on room rentals during the first 10 months of fiscal 2013.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | May 21, 2013
A two-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer and a Mini Cooper clogged traffic on the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Berkeley County for about six hours Tuesday, according to police and emergency officials. There were no injuries in the accident, which was reported at about 11:25 a.m., the West Virginia State Police and a Berkeley County 911 Central Dispatch supervisor said. The driver of the maroon 2003 Kenworth truck was Frank Harris of Pennsylvania and the driver of a green 2004 Mini Cooper coupe was identified as Easley Abraham III of North Carolina, police said.
NEWS
May 21, 2013
Twice a year, members of Rotary Club of Hagerstown-Sunrise go out to Sharpsburg Pike for a highway cleanup morning as part of Maryland's Adopt-A-Highway program. The program provides a way for community groups to show their state pride and help keep the state litter-free. Since the program started in 1989, SHA has partnered with more than 120,000 Marylanders who have cleaned and enhanced more than 15,000 miles of roadside.    
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