This story was updated on March 17 to reflect the extension of the detour period until March 24.
by Geoff Fox
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will be conducting a project to improve drainage and the driving surface of the US 40 (National Pike) bridge over westbound Interstate 70 in Indian Springs. Work began Monday, March 13 and continues until Friday, March 24 weather permitting.
MDOT officials said to safely do the work and expedite the repairs, the bridge will be closed daily during non-peak hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No lane closures will occur on I-70.
During the daytime closure, motorists who want to access U.S. 40 will be detoured to Big Pool Road at Exit 12.
Motorists should allow additional drive time during the repair and maintenance work period.
SHA contractor Concrete General Inc., of Gaithersburg, will be using barrels, cones and signs to guide motorists safely through the work zone.
Drivers are also asked to slow down through the work zone for the safety of all drivers and crews working to improve state roadways.
SHA officials said they understand the closures will inconvenience some travelers and asks all motorists to stay alert and be patient as they travel through the work zone.