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City streets getting facelift

May 15, 2002|BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

Parts of downtown Hagerstown's main roads could have periodic traffic disruptions until Thanksgiving due to repaving and other work scheduled for West Washington and West Franklin streets between Walnut and Potomac streets, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

In addition to repaving, the $1.6 million project includes installing and replacing storm drains, replacing some sidewalks and trees, and installing brick crosswalks.

At times, the work will cause lane shifts or lane closures.

Tissue said that, except in an emergency, there always will be two lanes open for through traffic during rush hours. Also, work will be limited to one block at a time on each street.

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Some work done at night may cause lane closures, he said.

Tissue said the project could be completed by Thanksgiving.

The project is the second phase of the Maryland Highway Administration's U.S. 40 streetscape improvements. Similar work was done on East Washington and East Franklin streets in 1999 and 2000.

The streetscape project is funded entirely by the state, which has control over Franklin and Washington streets because the roads are part of U.S. 40, Tissue said.

The contractor for the project is Callas Contractors Inc. of Hagerstown.

This week, Callas plans to install traffic control signs and do saw-cutting of pavement and sidewalks on West Franklin Street between North Potomac and Jonathan streets, and on West Washington between Walnut and Prospect streets, in preparation for storm drain work, Tissue said.

Traffic will be shifted to one side of each street and parking will be restricted in the work areas.

Traffic was disrupted Monday morning by highway administration staff doing preliminary survey work, Tissue said.

Tissue said weekly advisories on the project will be issued through November in The Herald-Mail newspapers, Channel 6 on Antietam Cable and the city's Web site, www.hagerstownmd.org.

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