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City road work planned

July 11, 1997

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

Hagerstown's annual road repavement program is scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 4.

As the work goes on, drivers will encounter no parking signs, detours and one-lane streets.

The project is expected to be complete by early September, said Assistant City Engineer Rodney Tissue.

Main traffic routes, such as Pennsylvania Avenue and North Cleveland Avenue, will be milled before repaving begins, with an inch of blacktop removed before a new coat is applied.

Some of the streets haven't been repaved in 20 or 30 years, Tissue said.

Streets being paved are usually closed to through traffic. "No Parking" signs will be posted on streets one day before work begins, Tissue said. Vehicles not moved from the streets will be towed at the owners' expense.

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The city engineering department has a joint contract with the Washington County Roads Department for L.W. Wolfe Enterprises Inc. of Myersville, Md., to do the project.

The city has budgeted $300,000 for the project. Wolfe's low bid for the project was $220,000. Two other companies have been contracted for about $25,000 to put traffic markings on the newly paved roads, Tissue said.

Property owners along the affected streets are encouraged by city officials to photograph their curbs and sidewalks before the resurfacing begins in case damage occurs during the resurfacing project.

Tissue said property owners along the streets scheduled for repavement next summer are encouraged to schedule any water and sewer upgrades or new gas service installation so it's done before next year's repavement project.

Doing so would keep newly paved roads from being torn up, Tissue said.

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