2017-06-28 / Front Page

Resurfacing of I-70 near Clear Spring

Motorists should expect single lane closures

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will resurface I-70 between Ashton Road and just west of the Conococheague Creek Bridge in Clear Spring. The project will begin after July 4 and, weather permitting, the $4.2 million project will be complete late-fall.

MDOT SHA’s contractor, C. William Hetzer of Hagerstown, will patch, grind (remove the top layer of pavement), resurface, restripe and replace guardrail on the roadway. Due to high traffic volumes, including a large percentage of truck traffic, the work will take place at night, Sundays through Thursdays between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Motorists can expect single lane and shoulder closures during work hours.

Approximately 33,000 vehicles use this four-mile section of I-70 each day. Motorists should plan extra travel time during the work. SHA will use barrels, dynamic message signs and arrow boards to guide motorists through the work zone.

While SHA and its transportation 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 and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely.

Maryland drivers can also know before they go by calling 511 or go to www.md511.org for live traffic updates, including construction delays and lane closures.

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