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Automated speed cameras being set up in I-70 work zone

By Julie E. Greene, The Herald-Mail,


Speedsters on Interstate 70 can expect to get citations through a state automated-speed enforcement system in the Crystal Falls Drive work-zone area starting with violations on April 9, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration.

The state is replacing the I-70 bridges over Crystal Falls Drive, which is west of the Washington/Frederick county line.

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To improve work zone safety, automated speed enforcement equipment will be placed eastbound in the work zone starting March 20, according to a state highway news release.

The speed limit in the work zone is 60 mph. There will be a 21-day warning period before the state starts issuing citations April 9 for violators. For violations, a $40 fine will be issued to the vehicle's registered owner.

A state contractor is beginning excavation for temporary bridge abutments, according to the project's March update at the State Highway Administration's website.

A temporary bridge will be installed, the release states. Setting up that bridge may close a single lane for a brief period and will result in a traffic shift from the current bridge to the temporary bridge.

The eastbound bridge will be replaced first. Once that work is done, the westbound bridge will be replaced.

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The project is expected to be finished by summer 2025, weather permitting. Its cost was previously reported at almost $27 million.

Work includes upgrading 0.85 miles of the I-70 approach roadways, according to online project information.

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