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County:Washington Project Number:WA128_11
IS 0081 MARYLAND VETERANS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY WEST VIRGINIA STATE LINE TO PENNSYLVANIA STATE LINE
Project Name:
I-81, Maryland Veterans Memorial Highway

Location of Project:
WEST VIRGINIA STATE LINE TO PENNSYLVANIA STATE LINE

Description:
Study to reconstruct I-81 from the West Virginia State Line to the Pennsylvania State Line (12.08 miles).
 
Scope:
The purpose of this project is to improve traffic operations and safety along I-81 from the West Virginia State Line to the Pennsylvania State Line.

Traffic conditions along this segment have deteriorated over time. Inadequate interchange ramp configurations and lengths of merge lanes, as well as increasing truck traffic, have created merge and weave problems.
These issues have contributed to a number of crashes along the highway.
 
What is under study:
SELECTED ALTERNATE DESCRIPTION

Selected Alternate 3A – Inside Widening with Collector-Distributor Roads
Under this alternate, I-81 will be widened to six lanes on the inside (towards the median). The outside lanes will include a two-lane C-D road with an additional auxiliary lane extending from the I-70 interchange through the Halfway Boulevard interchange for both north and southbound structures. This alternate will also require the widening of the northbound and southbound spans of the bridge over the Potomac River. This alternate best fulfills the project’s Purpose and Need because the interchange improvements, in conjunction with the mainline widening and C-D road extension, enhance safety and traffic operations better than the other alternates.

The Selected Alternate will make improvements at the following interchanges: Exit 1 - MD 68/MD 63, Exit 2 - US 11, Exit 3 - I -70, Exit 4 – Halfway Boulevard and Exit 5 – US 40, Exit 6: MD 58, Exit 8: Maugans Avenue, Exit 9: Showalter Road, and Exit 10: PA 163.



Project Type:
6 LANE FREEWAY RECONSTRUCT

Current Phase:Planning
Funded Year :2001 How much will this project cost?
Funding Source(s):State/Federal
Last Updated On : 9/11/2013
 
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