WILLIAMSPORT —Speed cameras have been placed on the I-70 bridges over Md. 63 (Greencastle Pike) near Williamsport, and traffic is being shifted to the outer edges of the bridges as work crews prepare to begin demolition work on the inner sides of the bridges as part of the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) project to reconstruct and widen them, according to an emailed release from the SHA on Friday.
The Maryland SafeZones Automated Speed Enforcement system went into effect over Md. 63 last week, according to the release. It is in a warning period until March 19, when motorists traveling 12 or more miles per hour over the speed limit of 55 mph will face a $40 civil citation.
Mobile enforcement vehicles rotate among eligible work zones as part of the program, with large signs in place before they reach the work zone to inform them of the speed enforcement system. A “speed trailer” that shows the posted speed limit and the motorists’ speeds is put in place before they reach the enforcement vehicle.
Work crews placed concrete barriers between the travel lanes and the demolition area last week, according to the release. The bridges are being widened on the inside in both directions to include two traffic lanes in each direction with a wide inner shoulder. The project is expected to cost $14 million.
About two miles east of Md. 63, on I-70 over the Conococheague Creek, a similar SHA project is going on. Work crews are widening and rehabilitating the I-70 bridges in both directions over the creek, and that work zone is also part of the speed enforcement system. That project costs about $16.5 million, according to the SHA website at http://sha.md.gov/Home.aspx.
Both projects are expected to be completed by fall of 2014, weather permitting, according to the release.