PAVING PROJECT BEGINS MONDAY ON EASTBOUND I-70 BETWEEN US 40 AND MD 66 IN WASHINGTON COUNTY

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(April 25, 2013) – The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) advises motorists in Washington County to expect overnight lane closures starting Monday, April 29, as SHA resurfaces eastbound I-70 between US 40 (Dual Highway/National Pike) and MD 66 (Mapleville Road) east of Hagerstown. Weather permitting, the project will be complete by June 30.

The $1.2 million project includes milling, resurfacing and restriping the two and one-half mile section of highway, which serves an average of about 30,000 eastbound vehicles per day. When the project is complete, those drivers will travel on a smoother, safer pavement surface with fresh, bright lines.

Motorists should anticipate single-lane closures Monday through Thursday nights between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. as well as possible single-lane closures on Sunday mornings between midnight at 11 a.m. SHA will use signs, cones and barrels to guide motorists through the work zone.

SHA’s contractor for the project is P&W Excavating, Inc. of McConnellsburg, Pa. Anyone with questions about traffic operations on I-70 or other State numbered routes in Washington County may contact SHA’s District 6 office at 301-729-8400 or toll-free at 800-760-7138, or by email at 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!

Maryland now features FREE 511 traveler information! Call 511 or 1-855-GOMD511 or visit www.md511.org  for current travel information. Sign up to personalize travel route information through MY511 on the website. Remember to use 511 safely – Maryland law prohibits hand-held mobile phone use and texting while driving.

SHA is making it easy to get safety tips and information on the go through Twitter @MDSHA and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarylandStateHighwayAdministration.

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