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Hopewell Road upgrade to begin

June 11, 1998

A $2.5 million upgrade of the Hopewell Road/Halfway Boulevard intersection that will serve as a gateway to the burgeoning Hopewell Valley commercial and industrial area is expected to begin Wednesday.

The project includes installation of a traffic signal and multiple turning lanes. The construction will include a 400-foot extension of Blake Road.

County Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said that the project will enhance economic development.

"It will be a major link with the reconstruction of the Interstate 81 interchange that is long overdue. Together, they will significantly improve the safe traffic flow in the area," he said.

The intersection improvements should be complete by Jan. 2, 1999. The interchange improvements are to begin Feb. 2, 1999, and are expected to take 22 months.

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The Hopewell Valley area, which is in an enterprise zone, has attracted a number of businesses including Purina Mills, Staples and Hechinger. The area includes more than 1,800 acres of prime land with ready access to two interstates and utilities, including the Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Development of the area is a key to the county's ability to pay down its $53 million water and sewer debt.

The construction will be performed by the Charles E. Brake Company of St. Thomas, Pa.

- Steven T. Dennis

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