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Downtown detours, delays to continue

August 18, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Orange cones, lane shifts and lane closings will continue to be a part of the downtown Hagerstown driving experience for the next couple of months as more than $2 million in state and city road projects are completed.

According to a press release from City Hall, projects currently under way include:

- The replacement of 56 downtown traffic signals - 32 on Washington and Franklin streets, and the rest within a few blocks of those main streets. The project will cost the city $700,000 and the state $1.2 million, according to Tim Young, a city engineer. The work is expected to be completed within the next two months.

- The replacement of traffic signals at the intersections of Memorial Boulevard and Frederick Street and Memorial Boulevard and South Potomac Street. This project is expected to cost the city $108,000 and be completed within the next three weeks, Young said.

- The $1 million Maryland State Highway Streetscape Project, which involves constructing new curbs, sidewalks and crosswalks on Franklin and Washington streets between Cannon Avenue and Potomac Street. The work is expected to be completed in December.

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- The City Water Department is upgrading a water main at North Potomac Street between Church and Franklin streets. The project is expected to cost about $36,000 and be completed within four weeks.

- Columbia Gas will be working on main and service lines on West Washington Street between High Street and Burhans Boulevard, and on North Potomac Street between Charles and Franklin streets. Both projects are expected to be completed within a month.

- In the next three to six weeks, the city will repave a number of streets including portions of Baltimore Street, Fairchild Avenue, West Irvin Avenue, North Locust Street, Pangborn Boulevard, North Potomac Street, Prospect Avenue and View Street. Also, the railroad crossings at Virginia Avenue and Summit Avenue will be repaved. The repaving program is expected to cost $200,000, Young said.

For more information about the road projects, call the City Engineering Department at 301-739-8577, extension 124.

"The city appreciates everyone's patience and cooperation with the numerous traffic detours that are currently underway," Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said in a press release.

In addition to the listed projects, Water Department Manager Gene Walzl said his department is replacing a water main on Mount Aetna Road between Howell Road and Parkway Drive. He said the project is expected to cost about $55,000 and take about five weeks to finish.

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