Regional transportation priorities listed

February 07, 1997

Short-term priorities listed in an updated regional transportation study for parts of Washington County, Md. and parts of West Virginia:

  • Safety improvements at intersections and other areas with high accident rates ($1.8 million).
  • Milling and resurfacing U.S. 40 through downtown Hagerstown ($6.2 million).

The study recommends funding the following projects between 2000 to 2020:

  • Widen Interstate 81 to six lanes from Interstate 70 to Md. 68 at a cost of $28.2 million.
  • Construction of a two-lane Martinsburg bypass from W.Va. 9 to W.Va. 45 east of the city ($20.2 million).
  • Upgrade the Halfway/I-81 interchange ($8.6 million).
  • Extend Eastern Boulevard from Northern Avenue to Marsh Pike ($4.6 million).
  • Construct a Funkstown bypass from Oak Ridge Drive to Edgewood Road ($7.5 million).

The projects that the study recommends but doesn't expect funding for by 2020 are listed in order of priority:

  • Widening of I-81 to six lanes from Pennsylvania to the Potomac River ($95.3 million).
  • Complete Martinsburg bypass ($101.7 million).
  • Widen Md. 65 between Oak Ridge Drive and Poffenberger Road ($15.6 million).
  • Widen W.Va. 45 to four lanes between I-81 and U.S. 11 ($4.8 million).
  • Extend Wesel Boulevard over the railroad tracks into downtown Hagerstown ($7.4 million).
  • Widen Interstate 70 to six lanes from Md. 63 to Frederick County ($86.2 million).
  • Widen I-81 to six lanes from the Potomac River past Martinsburg ($73.8 million).
  • Extend W. Irvin Avenue from Pennsylvania Avenue to Salem Avenue ($4 million).
  • Construct a passing lane on U.S. 40 from Funkstown to Boonsboro ($2.8 million).
  • Construct a spur from Halfway Boulevard past Hopewell Road to U.S. 40 ($2.8 million).
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