Work to widen the intersection of Greencastle Pike (Md. 63) and National Pike (U.S. 40) west of Hagerstown — commonly called Huyetts Crossroad — began Monday, according to a press release from the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA).
The project will include lane closures and workers directing traffic when needed, according to the release. Motorists should prepare for this during nonpeak hours — between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and overnight.
Motorists will still be able to access locations at or near the intersection, according to SHA District Community Liaison Heather Keels.
“Access to the Sheetz and housing in the area will not be affected by the work,” Keels said. “We’ll get it finished as quickly as possible.”
The project includes adding turn lanes and bike lanes to Md. 63 at the intersection, according to a press release from SHA. By Tuesday, workers had begun working on the northbound side of Md. 63 just south of the intersection.
Nearly 18,000 vehicles travel through the intersection on average every weekday, and nearly two-thirds of the traffic on Md. 63 turn onto U.S. 40 at the intersection, according to the release.
“We will begin with widening the east side (northbound side) of Md. 63, and that will continue into the fall,” Keels said. “When we widen the west side (southbound side) depends on how quickly we finish the east side. Because we are widening the road, we’re going to have to move signal poles and sidewalks.”
When the project is complete, Md. 63 will have a left-turn lane, a regular through lane, a 6-foot bicycle lane, and a right-turn lane in both directions at the intersection.
The project will cost $1.5 million and is expected to be completed in spring 2013, weather permitting, according to the press release.