Roadwork To Begin Soon On A Stretch Of Rt. 340

Part of the project will include resurfacing & re-striping.


Frederick, Md (KM). A resurfacing project on Route 340 between Burkittsville Road (Rt. 17) and the Washington County line is expected to begin later this week or early next week. The State Highway Administration says the project is estimated to cost $2.3-million. .

Before resurfacing begins, crews will be patching the base layer of the road. “That’s what provides the strength that carries the traffic,” says SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar. “It’s usually made from bigger aggregate and sometimes concrete. We have to go in there and patch damaged sections.” He also says that stretch of Route 340 carries a lot of truck traffic and undergoes considerable  wear and tear.

After the  patching is completing, the resurfacing begins.  “And what we’ll be doing is grinding up, which is the removal of the top layer of pavement, and resurfacing and then re-striping,” says Gischlar. “Any guardrail that’s damaged and outdated is going to be replaced on those project limits as well.”

He says the project is expected to be completed by late fall, weather permitting. “35,000 vehicles use this four-mile stretch of highway each day. We’re going to try to get out of people’s way and do this in the evening, Sunday through Friday mornings from 7:00 PM and 5:00 AM. So there will be some single lane closures during those work hours. So motorists who travel at night should be advise of that,” says Gischlar.

SHA says crews will use barrels, dynamic message signs and arrow boards to guide motorists through the work zone.

The contractor for this project is CJ Miller LLC of Hampstead, Md.


By Kevin McManus