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SHA Identifies the Preferred Alternative

Garrett County

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA)
has identified the SHA Preferred Alternative: Alternative 4 Modified - Interchange Roundabouts with Local and Relocated US 219

This alternative is a minor modification of Alternative 4, which was presented at the Joint Public Hearing. SHA will replace the existing intersection at the I-68 eastbound exit and entrance ramps, and replace it with a single lane roundabout.

Following the Joint Public Hearing, the proposed improvements continued to be refined and were evaluated based on a practical design approach. The Project Team identified the new roundabout as an improvement because it would fit with driver expectancy, ensure continuous traffic flow along the corridor, reduce conflict points, and improve mobility. The Project Team also considered data collected from the analyses of impacts to the community, natural and cultural resources, and coordination with citizens, business owners, and regulatory and environmental resource agencies.

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