HAGERSTOWN, MD — Roadwork begins this week at the Exit 9 interchange of I-81 near Hagerstown.

The Maryland Department of Transportation reports the $4 million ramp widening and signalization project this week at the I-81 (Maryland Veterans Memorial Highway) Exit 9 ramps at Maugans Avenue in Hagerstown are aimed at improving safety in the area.

The project, which is scheduled to be completed by summer 2024, will improve safety, reduce congestion and increase mobility.

Work includes:
adding an extra lane on the ramps from Maugans Avenue to southbound I-81, from southbound I-81 to Maugans Avenue and from northbound I-81 to Maugans Avenue;
reconstructing traffic signals at the northbound and southbound I-81 exit ramps;
improving lighting and signage;
full-depth shoulder patching on Maugans Avenue at the I-81 interchange;
reconstructing the median along Maugans Avenue at the I-81 interchange;
improving storm drainage; and
constructing erosion and sediment facilities.
Weather permitted, work will be performed Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and overnights, 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Crews will place temporary barriers on both the southbound and the northbound Exit 9 Maugans Avenue ramps. A temporary barrier wall will also be placed on the southbound entrance ramp and on Maugans Avenue. There will be intermittent lane closures throughout the construction.

Contractor F.O. Day, of Rockville, will use signs, cones and barrels to safely guide motorists through the work zone. Learn more about the project here.

For a list of all major State Highway Administration projects, go to Project Portal, or visit the homepage at roa?ds.maryland.?gov. For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to md511.mary?land.gov.