Maryland Working on Interstate Junction
Out in western Maryland, the State Highway Administration has begun a reconstruction project at the interchange linking Interstates 70 and 81. That's a real heavy area for truck traffic.
While the weather is getting colder, there are still plenty of highway crews working across the region, so be on the look out for them. (And remember that work zones are at least as dangerous for drivers as they are for the workers.)
In this new $3.4 million project, the highway administration says it will build acceleration and deceleration lanes to create a safer transition within the interchange. The plan also calls for resurfacing of the existing ramps and some repairs to the interchange lighting.
The job should be done next summer.
There will be some closures to watch for during the project.
For about a month next spring, the ramp from southbound I-81 to eastbound I-70 will be closed to reduce the sharpness of the curve. At that time, drivers heading for eastbound I-70 from southbound I-81 will be detoured to the exit for US 11 (Virginia Avenue) before returning to the Interstate.
Also, there will be shoulder closures along the I-81 and I-70 ramps and collector roads at the interchange on weekdays. Watch for the variable message signs to guide you through the course.
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