I-81 Potomac River Bridges to Undergo Makeover

I-81 Potomac River Bridges to Undergo Makeover

West Virginia officials plan to widen I-81 from exit 23 to the Potomac River in conjunction with Maryland rebuilding the I-81 bridges. The construction will widen the interstate to accommodate three lanes of traffic.
BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. - There's going to be some big changes coming to Interstate-81, specifically on the Potomac River bridges. 

West Virginia officials plan to widen I-81 from exit 23 to the Potomac River in conjunction with Maryland rebuilding the I-81 bridges. The construction will widen the interstate to accommodate three lanes of traffic. 

According to Dave Buck with the Maryland State Highway Administration, the construction won't be a total bridge replacement. He says it will widen and rehabilitate the structure, replacing the deck and surface of the roadway. The piers remain intact and will not be replaced. 

The construction to widen the I-81 bridges is a coordination effort between Maryland and West Virginia. Maryland is currently handling the contract and paying for costs of the reconstruction, while West Virginia will be reviewing the plans and reimbursing Maryland. 

Buck says construction on the I-81 bridges will not begin until summer of 2016. A public meeting between all parties is planned for sometime this spring. 
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