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Existing Ramp to Westbound I-68 to be Lengthened to Improve Vehicle Merging

September 19th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is beginning a project to lengthen the ramp from Greene Street to westbound I-68 (National Freeway) in Cumberland. The $3.6 million project will be complete spring 2020.

MDOT SHA will extend the acceleration lane by nearly one-third of a mile, which will improve motorists’ access to westbound I-68. In addition to extending the acceleration lane, crews will stabilize the roadside slope, install new drainage inlets, pave and restripe the pavement.

MDOT SHA’s contractor, First Fruits Excavating, Inc. of Ridgeley, WV, will begin the project by installing new drainage in the median area. Traffic will be shifted to minimize construction-related delays, but there will be a long-term left lane closure on westbound I-68 at Greene Street. Motorists can expect single and double lane closures Sunday nights through Friday mornings from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. As the project progresses into spring 2020, motorists can expect temporary ramp closures and detours, particularly during paving operations at the end of the work.

3 Responses to “Existing Ramp to Westbound I-68 to be Lengthened to Improve Vehicle Merging”

  1. September 19, 2019 at 2:11 pm, Steve said:

    Really, Spending that much taxpayers money for this instead of fixing bumps, holes and spaces in the roads that hamper / interfere with driving on Md roads. Who makes these type of decisions? WOW

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  2. September 19, 2019 at 3:09 pm, Lav said:

    Wonderful idea! I had stopped using that exit ramp a year ago when a tractor-trailer almost did me in! Not enough merge room, and most drivers in the right hand lane at that exit are O-BLIVIOUS to cars trying to get onto the interstate there. I CAN’T WAIT for this to be completed!

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  3. September 20, 2019 at 11:50 pm, Eric said:

    Well, so much for getting off at the Greene Street exit when I come home for Christmas this year. Between the ramp and the bridges, is there any direct access to West Side, or do I have to come in by way of LaVale?

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