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Hearing will be held on Robinwood options

March 04, 1998|By STEVEN T. DENNIS

Hearing will be held on Robinwood options

The Washington County Commissioners will give the public a chance to comment on an expanded list of options for the alignment of a bypass of the northern end of Robinwood Drive.

Plans are for the public hearing to be held in April, but a date hasn't been set.

In addition to five options previously presented to the commissioners, the public will also have a chance to comment on alternatives discussed Tuesday, including:

* Upgrading Whitehall Road to two 12-foot lanes with 6-foot shoulders and extending it to U.S. 40, and building a road from Eastern Boulevard to Robinwood Drive at Hagerstown Junior College.

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* Building a road from Whitehall Road west to Robinwood Drive through the new Woodbridge subdivision.

* Adding turn lanes and widening the existing Robinwood Drive without making it into a four-lane road.

The other five options for a four-lane bypass are:

* A $3.67 million road 1,300 feet west of Robinwood Drive between Greenhill Drive and Partridge Trail.

* A $3.92 million road that would link up with Harp Road before hitting Jefferson Boulevard, 3,800 feet west of Robinwood Drive.

* A $6.23 million upgrade of the existing Robinwood Drive. This would include buying 29 homes on the west side of the road at a cost of $3.6 million.

* A $5.72 million route that would run east through the new Woodbridge development to Kieffer Funk Road, which would be upgraded to four lanes. Kieffer Funk intersects with Jefferson Boulevard 3,300 feet east of Robinwood Drive.

* A $5.82 million option would also go east through Woodbridge and would come out on Jefferson Boulevard 4,300 feet east of Robinwood Drive.

County Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said original county maps of the project had erred in the location of the last two options. The maps show the road going between the existing Robinwood development and Woodbridge, but Rohrer said the road would go through Woodbridge and not border the Robinwood development.

Rohrer said the upgrade was not a priority and could take place in five or 10 years.

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