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Traffic delays downtown to end by Thursday

November 26, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Traffic delays in downtown Hagerstown stemming from the Maryland Highway Administration's U.S. 40 Streetscape project will end by Thursday, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said Monday.

As part of the state-funded contract, the contractor is not allowed to close any lanes after Thanksgiving, Tissue said.

The state contact included that requirement to prevent traffic problems between Thanksgiving and Christmas when people are shopping for holiday presents, Maryland Highway Administration spokeswoman Lori Rakowski said.

Motorists, employees and customers of downtown businesses and local residents have complained about the lane closures caused by the $1.7 million project, which started in April, Mayor William M. Breichner said.

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While the road work seems annoying and inconvenient, it ultimately will help improve the appearance of downtown Hagerstown, he said.

The only Streetscape work that he expects to continue this winter after Thanksgiving is work on replacing sidewalks, Tissue said.

Streetscape work, including milling and paving, will resume this spring, Rakowski said. That work may include street closures, she said.

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