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Route 40 Project Announced For Hagerstown

July 31st, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Motorists in Hagerstown should be prepared for delays on US 40 (West Franklin Street and Washington Avenue/West Washington Street) beginning Monday, August 4, as the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) completes a resurfacing project between Nottingham Road and Walnut Street.

On weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., crews will work between Nottingham Road and High Street, and on weeknights between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., crews will work between High Street and Walnut Street. Parking will be prohibited in the work area between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The work will begin on Franklin Street, then move to Washington Avenue and West Washington Street. Work will continue Mondays through Fridays for four to five weeks and will be complete in early September, weather permitting.

The project will include patching, grinding (removing the top layer of pavement), paving, and restriping the roads. The project will also introduce some changes in lane configurations. It will add a designated right-turn lane on West Washington Street at Walnut Street. Also, on West Franklin Street and Washington Avenue between Nottingham Road and Winter Street, the left lane will be marked as left-turn-only at each intersection. The change was requested by the City of Hagerstown and is meant to improve safety by reducing chances of rear-end collisions between through traffic and turning vehicles.

The work will be completed by C. William Hetzer, Inc. of Hagerstown as part of SHA’s $5 million areawide paving contract for Washington County.

Resurfacing on Washington and Franklin streets between Walnut Street and Crest View Road  is planned for a future construction season and will be coordinated with a crosswalk improvement project in that area.

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