NEWS RELEASE

CREWS TO SHIFT TRAFFIC AT I-68/US 220 INTERCHANGE IN CUMBERLAND ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

(November 16, 2012) – On Tuesday, November 20, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will close the southbound US 220 travel lane under the I-68 overpass.  Drivers will be directed to use the northbound lanes for US 220 in each direction.  This traffic pattern will remain in place through spring 2013, weather permitting. 

As part of this temporary shift, eastbound I-68 drivers who wish to reach US 220 will now stop at the bottom of the ramp, and either turn left for Cumberland or turn right for Cresaptown.  The permanent ramp restriction for trucks remains in place.  Crews recently extended the merge area along eastbound I-68 from the US 220 ramp, and replaced the deteriorated US 220 sections of concrete with a new asphalt riding surface. 

“We appreciate the public’s patience during these improvements,” stated SHA District Engineer Anthony Crawford.  “SHA also continues to evaluate options and work on the redesign effort that will allow access to the I-68 eastbound on-ramp from the Greene Street area and west side of Cumberland.”

The modified design will include reducing the downhill slope of the road in the area of the roundabout to lessen the possibility of load-shifting as larger vehicles navigate the circle. 

SHA began construction of the interchange improvements in spring 2012.  SHA’s contractor for the $3.3 million project is IA Construction Corporation of Cumberland. Those who have questions about traffic operations along US 220, I-68, or other state numbered routes in Allegany County may call SHA’s District 6 Office at 301-729-8400 or toll free at 1-800-760-7138, or email SHADistrict6@sha.state.md.us.

While SHA and its partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don't follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For everyone!

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