SHA To Begin Two Road Projects This Month In Washington County

There could be some road closures during the day as a result.


Frederick, Md (KM). Two road projects will be getting underway later this month in Washington County.

Next week, the State Highway Administration says a one-and-a-half-mile resurfacing will take place along Interstate 68 from the Allegany–Washington County line to the bridge over Mountain Road in Hancock. Spokesman Charlie Gischlar says project should be completed by the end of summer. “$2.7-million is the price tag, and it includes patching, paving and restriping I-68 near Sidling Hill,” says Gischlar. “Crews will be closing a single lane and shoulder between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM Mondays through Fridays. And the contractor will use arrow boards and construction barrels to guide motorists through that work zone.”

The contractor for this project is P&W Excavating, Inc. of McConnellsburg, Pa.

Nearly 18,200 vehicles travel that stretch of I-68 each day, according to SHA.

That section of I-68 was last resurfaced in 1996.

Another project will take place along westbound Interstate 70 between Md. 615 (Heavenly Acres Ridge Road) and east of Md. 56 (Big Pool Road) between Big Pool and Hancock. It will cost $3-million.

Gischlar says this $3-million project will include patching, milling (removing the top layer of asphalt), paving and restriping.  Motorists cam expect single lane and shoulder closures Mondays through Fridays between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The contractor for this project is C. William Hetzer, Inc. of Hagerstown.

This project is expected to begin at toward the end of July, and  be completed by mid-November, says Gischlar.

“This section of I-70 was last resurfaced in 1995 and carries about 45,000 vehicles a day, including a high percentage of truck traffic,” he says.


By Kevin McManus