The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will close two ramps and reopen one this Thursday night, August 30, at the I-70 exit 55 (South Street) interchange in Frederick as crews make progress on a highway-widening and bridge replacement project.
CONTACT: Susan Harding, Public Information Officer, 301-600-1385
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Eastbound I-70 On and Off Ramps at South Street (Exit 55) in Frederick Closing Thursday Night
Westbound I-70 Exit to South Street via Monocacy Boulevard Reopening at Same Time
Frederick, MD -- The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will close two ramps and reopen one this Thursday night, August 30, at the I-70 exit 55 (South Street) interchange in Frederick as crews make progress on a highway-widening and bridge replacement project.
On Thursday, SHA will temporarily close the ramps onto and off of eastbound I-70 at South Street. In addition, the ramp onto westbound I-70 from South Street/Monocacy Boulevard will remain closed. Those three ramps will reopen this fall when crews are ready to shift traffic to the newly constructed bridges and lanes.
The fourth ramp at the interchange, from westbound I-70 to South Street/Monocacy Boulevard, will reopen Thursday night. That ramp has been closed since late June.
Detour signs will direct motorists wishing to get onto eastbound I-70 from South Street or Reichs Ford Road to take Monocacy Boulevard to East Patrick Street (MD 144) and take the ramp on the left to I-70 east.
Those wishing to exit eastbound I-70 onto South Street or Reichs Ford Road will be directed to take the prior exit (exit 54), make a left onto East Street, then take a right onto the newly constructed section of Monocacy Boulevard to reach South Street. The reverse of this route is the detour for motorists on South Street/Monocacy Boulevard to access westbound I-70 at East Street. (Please see attached detour maps.)
The ramp closures are part of SHA’s project to widen I-70 from east of MD 144 to west of South Street and replace the I-70 bridges over South Street. SHA’s contractor for the project is Corman Construction of Annapolis Junction. Anyone with questions about the I-70 project may call the project’s 24-hour hotline at 855-213-0070.
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