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Meeting slated on National Road

February 27, 1999

The public is invited to help kick-off a project aimed at gaining national status one of the area's most scenic and historic roads.

An introduction to the Maryland National Road Project will be held at the Frostburg State University campus in Hagerstown, 20 Public Square, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

The Maryland National Road Partnership invites people to greet travelers as the arrive in Hagerstown from "the Road," and share stories of the road's past and thoughts for its future.

Drenched in history, the National Road, also known as the National Pike, U.S. 40 and Route 144, starts in Baltimore and travels west to Vandalia, Ill.

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The Maryland National Road Partnership is part of a larger coalition that seeks to obtain All-American Road designation for the entire 800-mile road. Such status would bring economic benefits and national identity.

The MNRP will hold a summit to introduce participants to the Corridor Partnership Plan process, gauge community input, and discuss priorities for the future use of the road.

The summit will be held Tuesday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ramada Inn and Convention Center on Dual Highway in Hagerstown. There is a $20 registration fee, payable at the door. Call 1-410-767-4432 for more information.

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