For the Cumberland Times-News
CUMBERLAND — Traffic changes are coming soon on U.S. Route 220/Greene Street at Interstate 68 as a Maryland State Highway Administration construction project enters its final phase.
SHA will shift traffic the night of Oct. 8 into the next morning.
To implement the switch, northbound U.S. 220 will be closed prior to I-68 from 8 p.m. through 6 a.m. Motorists should follow the posted detour, which will use northbound Winchester Road in Cresaptown to U.S. Route 40 and I-68 in LaVale.
Starting the morning of Oct. 9, northbound U.S. 220 traffic will drive on a newly constructed section of road leading to the new partial roundabout.
For several weeks, all motorists will cross partially onto the low concrete apron of the roundabout before turning right onto the I-68 eastbound ramp or continuing straight toward Greene Street.
Work after Oct. 9 includes elevating the remaining portion of the U.S. 220 roadway, drainage upgrades, concrete curb, guardrail installation, signage and final surface paving from the roundabout to the Potomac Park Industrial Park entrance. This work should be completed by the first week in November, weather permitting. Some additional periodic nighttime U.S. 220 closures and/or a weekend closure of the eastbound on-ramp will be required in the next few weeks to complete work. All closures will be posted on portable message signs in the area.
When complete, the interchange will include a partial roundabout to make it easier for traffic heading south on Greene Street to access eastbound I-68. SHA’s contractor for the project is IA Construction Corp. of Cumberland.
Those who have questions about traffic operations may call SHA’s District 6 Office at 301-729-8400 or toll free at 800-760-7138.