Costs rising for Maugans Ave. improvements

November 27, 1996

MAUGANSVILLE - A proposed project to widen Maugans Avenue from U.S. 11 to Main Street will help move the increasing traffic flow through town but the details still need to be worked out, Washington County Engineer Terry McGee told Maugansville residents at a County Commissioners meeting there Tuesday night.

The project, which is still in the preliminary planning stage, would widen the road east of Interstate 81 to five lanes and the road west of the interstate to three lanes, McGee said.

The county has budgeted $1.37 million for the work but "roadway costs are really getting high. We suspect that's not going to be enough," he said.

The county also doesn't own enough right-of-way for the project, according to McGee.

Maugans Avenue needs to be widened because of the increasing flow of traffic to Interstate 81, with more development in the area likely, he said.


Traffic studies estimate that 19,000 cars a day pass between U.S. 11 and Interstate 81 and between 7,000 and 9,000 cars a day drive Maugans Avenue west of Interstate 81, McGee said.

The project's schedule calls for advertising for construction bids in May of 1998, with work to begin that summer and last about a year, he said.

Area residents expressed concerns about stormwater management, which already is a problem in Maugansville, once the road is widened.

Al Wood, of Maugansville, said his yard fills with water from three different sources.

"There's no where else for it to go but my yard," Wood said. "You're telling me you're going to be able to channel more water out of Maugansville. I don't think so."

"We know Maugansville has a history of water problems," McGee said. "We're not interested in fixing one problem and creating another."

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