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Commuters: Lane Closures on I-81 and I-70 in Maryland

Travelers navigating Interstates 81 and 70 in Washington County, Maryland, will soon encounter single-lane closures due to repaving works initiated by the Maryland State Highway Administration. Set to commence on Sunday, this project is part of the state’s effort to enhance road conditions for motorists.

Simultaneously, a noteworthy detour will be in effect for southbound U.S. 522 at Limestone Road in Hancock. Aimed at facilitating swift improvements to the highway’s surface, this nightly closure will last for approximately a week. Motorists are advised to plan their routes accordingly to avoid unexpected delays.

C. William Hetzer Inc., a contractor based in Hagerstown, has been entrusted with the execution of these paving improvements. The company will deploy a range of traffic management tools such as signs, cones, barrels, and arrow boards to ensure the safety of motorists and smooth navigation around the work zones.

The repaving work on I-81 is strategically scheduled from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, to minimize disruptions. This operation will span from the Pennsylvania state line down to the I-70 interchange. Similarly, I-70 will experience single-lane closures affecting both west and east of Md. 63 (Greencastle Pike west of Hagerstown). The westbound closures on I-70 are planned for daytime hours, while the eastbound closures will occur overnight.

For southbound U.S. 522 travelers, the state has arranged a detour via Limestone Road, Md. 144 (Main Street), and Blue Hill Road, looping back to U.S. 522. This detour is strategically positioned to rejoin southbound U.S. 522 before the bridge leading into West Virginia.

All these pavement improvement projects are scheduled for completion by December 23, weather permitting. As these crucial upgrades unfold, drivers are encouraged to stay informed, adjust their travel plans as needed, and exercise caution when passing through work zones.

For more detailed information and updates on these roadworks and detours, please visit the Maryland State Highway Administration’s website.


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