(MDOT SHA photo: US 15 sign)(March 20, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) today is extending the operating hours at the Mason-Dixon Welcome Center Rest Area on southbound US 15 (Catoctin Mountain Highway) to around-the-clock operations indefinitely for parking and restroom access. “We are happy to extend this service to the men and women out there making sure that needed supplies, whether they be food, medicine, or household items, are reaching customers who need them quickly and safely,” said MDOT SHA Acting Administrator Tim Smith. “We are looking for any opportunities to help while also complying with health guidelines. We are committed to working together during this difficult time.”The Emmitsburg facility is located off southbound US 15 just south of the Pennsylvania line, and provides a safe place to stop and rest during the COVID-19 emergency response. The Office of Tourism’s Visitor Center is closed at this time. State personnel from the MDOT SHA Frederick Shop will monitor the rest area overnight. For a complete list of rest stops and hours, go here.