City council seeks more information on roadwork cost

December 03, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Hagerstown City Engineer Rodney Tissue urged the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday to decide soon how it wants to go about obtaining $2.4 million to pay for widening a section of Eastern Boulevard.

Developers are waiting for direction from the city on what requirements they will face in terms of paying for the road improvements, Tissue said.

Tissue has estimated it will cost about $2.4 million to widen Eastern Boulevard from Conrad Court to Jefferson Boulevard to four through lanes plus turning lanes.


After a discussion of the issue Tuesday, council members asked Tissue to return in January with more information about four possible ways to fund the improvements.

The council gave Tissue approval to solicit bids from consultants to do the design work for the widening.

Tissue said the construction can start in the fall of 2004 and be finished by summer 2005.

The sooner the better, Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said.

The city estimates the section of Eastern Boulevard currently has average daily traffic on weekdays of 21,400 vehicles per day, Tissue said. At its peak hour, the section has about 1,660 vehicles, he said.

Residential developments near Eastern Boulevard are expected to increase the traffic level in the next 10 to 15 years to 40,000 vehicles per day, Tissue said.

Tissue offered four possible funding plans:

  • Improvements are fully funded by developments.

  • Development funds improvements only for the portion of the problem they create.

  • City pays for a portion of the cost with the rest paid by developers.

  • An assessment district is established. The city would have to decide which properties to include in the district.

The city already has spent about $1.6 million to build the road, Tissue said.

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