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Council supports continuation of Streetscape

July 10, 2002

scottb@herald-mail.com

While the second phase of the Maryland Highway Administration's U.S. 40 Streetscape project in downtown Hagerstown is still under way, the state agency wants to know if the city is interested in having the third phase done as well, City Engineer Rodney Tissue told the Hagerstown City Council Tuesday.

The council members indicated their support of the continuing state project.

It is better to ask for it now than to beg for it later, Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire said.

The $876,363 first phase, done from June 1999 to May 2000, involved work on East Franklin and East Washington streets, extending from Cannon Avenue to Potomac Street.

The $1.6 million second phase involves work on both West Franklin and West Washington streets, extending from Potomac to Walnut streets. The project includes rebuilding sidewalks, installing brick crosswalks, installing storm drains, and street milling and overlay.

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The second phase started in the first week of May and is scheduled to be finished in late fall, said Lori Rakowski, spokeswoman for the Maryland Highway Administration.

The third phase would start at Walnut Street and proceed west, Tissue said. It would not start for a few years, he said.

Unlike the first two phases, he would suggest the third phase not include brick sidewalks, brick crosswalks or ornamental pedestrian lighting since the area is not part of the central business district, Tissue said.

  • He would instead suggest the city request the state:

  • Replace all deteriorated sidewalks and curbs and make all sidewalks American Disabilities Act-compliant.

  • Install any missing sidewalk portions.

  • Mill and overlay the streets.

  • Upgrade utilities as needed.

  • Install street trees wherever possible.

  • Upgrade and replace storm drains.

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