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Public comment sought on road project

August 03, 1999|By BRUCE HAMILTON

BOONSBORO - The Maryland State Highway Administration will hold an informational meeting Aug. 17 about the upcoming renovation of Main Street.

The meeting will be held in the Eugene C. Smith Community Center in Shafer Park from 2 to 8 p.m. Project Designer William Park and other SHA representatives will be on hand and design plans will be displayed.

"Now is the time for citizens to have their say," Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said during Monday night's Town Council meeting. He encouraged everyone interested, especially Main Street residents, to attend.

It is a chance for residents to check out the state's proposal and suggest changes before the state puts the project out to bid.

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"It's still in the formative stages," Kauffman said. "Nothing is set in concrete."

The state plans to solicit bids next year, perhaps as early as February, Kauffman said. The project is expected to cost between $3 million and $4 million, he said.

A story in Tuesday's Morning Herald had incorrect information about the project.

Plans have changed since Park gave the town council an update in February. He met with the council again July 27 and said the project is now completely funded.

It will not be broken into separate phases, according to Town Administrator Eldon "Jake" Jones.

"It is all one project," he said. "It is all going to be done at one time. When they come in here, they are going to go from one end of the town to the other."

Jones did not know when construction would begin, but he said April is the earliest it may start.

The SHA says two-way traffic will be maintained as the repairs will proceed on one side of the road at a time, according to Jones.

The section to be renovated begins on Main Street, or U.S. Alternate 40, at the Md. 68, or Lappans Road, intersection and runs to 300 feet east of Mousetown Road.

The repairs include installing new curbs, sidewalks and storm drains where they are needed, Jones said. Some trees will be removed, and water line additions and upgrades will be installed at both ends of town, he said.

The renovation may disturb some, according to Jones. "It's going to be a little inconvenient," he said.

The SHA knows the town's situation and will do everything possible to minimize disruptions, he said.

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