Bypass plan is scrapped

April 03, 1997


Staff Writer

Hagerstown officials have scrapped plans for a controversial section of a bypass that would have connected Marshall Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in the northwest section of the city.

Construction work for a downtown truck bypass and extension of Wesel Boulevard downtown are among transportation projects expected to be included in the final version of the city's comprehensive plan.

Mayor Steven T. Sager told city staff on Tuesday to drop from the comprehensive plan the project for the connector road in northwest Hagerstown.


The comprehensive plan will be a guide for city planning for the next 20 to 25 years. Projects included in the plan are those city officials believe should be studied, and perhaps undertaken, in the future.

City Council members are expected to vote on the plan at a 7 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, April 29.

The connector project Sager told staff to remove from the plan had angered residents of the area in which the four-lane road to connect Haven Road to Marshall Street would have been built.

"I'm thrilled and wary," said Christi Hatcher of Woodlands North on Wednesday. Hatcher was among more than 60 residents who, in January, protested the Haven Road extension. She had presented officials with a petition signed by more than 200 residents.

Hatcher said she would keep an eye on city officials in case they changed their minds about the project.

The comprehensive plan still would include a stretch of road to connect Marshall Street to Salem Avenue.

Eliminated from the comprehensive plan was an extension of Eastern Boulevard south across Frederick Street. Eastern Boulevard now ends at Frederick Street.

The possibility of extending Eastern Boulevard north to the intersection of Leitersburg Pike and Marsh Pike is included in the plan, said Planning Director Ric Kautz. That particular extension is outside the city limits, but would affect the city.

City officials want to study a downtown truck bypass route because heavy truck traffic causes noise and congestion downtown, officials said.

A possible route being reviewed by Greater Hagerstown Committee officials would run from Washington Square to West Antietam Street, onto Walnut Street, and around Park Circle to Memorial Boulevard and Dual Highway, said Herbert Meininger, the committee's executive director.

The comprehensive plan also includes studying extending Wesel Boulevard and Maryland Avenue to downtown.

Also included in the proposal is a plan to connect Robinwood Drive to Eastern Boulevard by extending Professional Court, Kautz said.

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