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Paving planned at Antietam

A popular destination for tourists from the D.C. area is about to encounter its own little traffic problem. Paving is set to begin next week on the tour roads through the Antietam National Battlefield in western Maryland.

The work, which involves resurfacing not only the roads but also the parking areas and the paved walkways, is scheduled to be done this winter. The National Park Service says the work will be done in phases so not all the roads are under construction at the same time and it will be easier for visitors to get around.

The battlefield park, site of the bloodiest day in U.S. history, will remain open, but some sections may be temporarily closed, the park service said.

Get battlefield directions and an orientation, including information about the park's self-guided, 8-1/2 mile auto tour, on the National Park Service Web site. This link will take you to a map of the Sharpsburg area, including the major highways nearby.

By Robert Thomson  | July 7, 2010; 1:46 PM ET
Categories:  Construction, Maryland  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, travel tips  
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