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Widening Maugans is topic of meeting

February 25, 2003|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Washington County officials will hold a public meeting this week to discuss the proposed $4.3 million widening of a stretch of Maugans Avenue to five lanes.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Maugansville Elementary School. County officials plan to give an overview of the project, then answer questions.

"Hopefully it'll be conducive and beneficial to everybody involved," Director of Public Works Gary Rohrer said last Wednesday.

Rohrer said the project is in the preliminary stage.

The widening would add two lanes in both directions and a center turn lane to the section of Maugans Avenue that runs from Pennsylvania Avenue to Interstate 81. The center lane would handle left-hand turns. A sidewalk also is planned for the south side of the roadway.

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Maugans Avenue currently consists of two lanes.

Construction on the project tentatively is set for late spring or early summer of 2004, Rohrer said.

County officials have said a widened road is needed to relieve traffic congestion and to make travel safer and more convenient to the public.

They said they think traffic on the road will get worse as the population grows in the north end of Hagerstown and around Hagerstown Regional Airport,

Officials also are planning a second phase of the project, which would widen Maugans Avenue to three lanes from I-81 to Maugansville Road. That phase of the project would cost $1.7 million, according to the county's proposed 2004-2009 Capital Improvement Program.

Last summer, the county announced it might have to purchase up to eight homes and one commercial property along Maugans Avenue to prepare for the widening project.

As of July, two properties - one at 18620 Maugans Ave. and the other on the corner of Maugans and Pennsylvania avenues - have been purchased.




What: Washington County public meeting to discuss the widening of Maugans Avenue to five lanes

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Maugansville Elementary School

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