By SAMANTHA KRULEWITZ
Two stretches of state highway in Washington County will be improved with grant money received from the state under the governor's Neighborhood Conservation Program.
The program's purpose is to revitalize existing communities in accordance with Gov. Parris N. Glendening's smart-growth initiative.
Hagerstown received $1.2 million to make street and right-of-way improvements along U.S. 40 - Franklin Street westbound and Washington Avenue eastbound - between Cannon and Walnut streets, said Richard Kautz, the city's director of planning.
"Some street work will be done; resurfacing, new pavement and new markings curb to curb," Kautz said. "From the buildings to curbs, the work will primarily be done in the intersections. We're making the roadway narrower and the pedestrian crossovers wider."