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County Commissioners

October 01, 1997

A $20,750 federal grant will help a Washington County group better educate people about hazardous chemicals and emergencies.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the grant to the Washington County Local Emergency Planning Committee. The Washington County Commissioners provided a matching grant of $4,250.

The grant will pay for public service announcements on local television, a training video on using hazardous materials, a large-screen projector system for presentations and brochures and pamphlets.

Local Emergency Planning Committee Chairman Clyde Harris said Tuesday that Washington County was the only county in Maryland to receive the grant, which can be spent over a three-year period.

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Construction on the Interstate 70/Downsville Pike interchange project should begin by the end of March and the interchange is expected to be open by late fall of 1999, according to Washington County Public Works Director Gary Rohrer.

The $11.4 million partial cloverleaf interchange will include an upgrade to the intersection of Halfway Boulevard and Downsville Pike and resurfacing of parts of Downsville Pike.

Washington County Commissioner R. Lee Downey said the state should help the county upgrade Halfway Boulevard from Hopewell Road to Downsville Pike because of the potential increase in traffic from the interchange project.

The commissioners are considering whether to comprehensively rezone the Downsville Pike corridor because of the new interchange.

- Steven T. Dennis

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