SHA To Do More Resurfacing Of Southbound I-270

The project will include the highway from Rt. 80 to the Montgomery County line.

Frederick, Md. (KM)  The Maryland State Highway Administration will begin another resurfacing project on Interstate 270.

Beginning on Sunday night, crews will be resurfacing southbound I-270 from Route 80 (Fingerboard Road) to the Montgomery County line. That includes patching, grinding (removing the top layer of the pavement), resurfacing and restriping the highway, along with replace the guardrails.

SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar says crews will be working from 7:00 PM through 4:00 AM the next morning. “I-270 is very directional. Everybody going south in the morning, and coming home in the northbound direction. So we want to try to open that up a little earlier. Normally, we get off the road about five, but we’re going to do it an hour earlier now,” he says. “We’ll also be working Sundays between 10:00 PM and 4:00 AM as well. That extra day will help move this project forward.”

SHA says the project, which costs $1.7-million, is expected to be finished by mid-fall, weather permitting.

“We have a project already underway on southbound I-270 from the I-70 interchange down to Buckeystown Pike, Maryland 85,” says Gischlar. “That one is entering the latter phases. We’re almost done grinding there, which is the removal of the top layer of the pavement. And we should start to do the actual paving next week, weather permitting. And within a couple of weeks, that should be all wrapped up.”

Motorists who are driving those areas of I-270 and come upon the construction projects are encouraged to take it slow. “Give yourself an extra 10 or 15 minutes. Take your time through that workzone. There’s  people trying to improve the commute ,” says Gischlar. “There will be single lane and shoulder closures so there’s only going to be one lane getting by. So you can anticipate some delay there in the construction zones.”

Arrow boards, traffic barrels and cones will be set up, he says.

SHA also says motorists can take Route 355 as an alternate.