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Robinwood Drive bypass questioned

June 16, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Some residents of the Robinwood Drive area on Tuesday questioned the need for a $6.4 million bypass dubbed "the road to nowhere," which would cut through backyards and connect to Jefferson Boulevard. About eight people spoke about the road at a public hearing held by the Washington County Commissioners.

The purpose of the hearing was to give residents a chance to comment on the county's proposal to buy two parcels needed to build the road.

The parcels will cost $107,000.

One of the parcels is 2.16 acres and is located on the south side of Md. 64 (Jefferson Boulevard), east of the Greenhill Drive intersection.

The other parcel, which is .291 of an acre, is west of the Partridge Trail and Meadowlark Avenue intersection.

The approximately mile-long bypass will split off at Robinwood Drive near Hagerstown Community College and run to Jefferson Boulevard.

The road will run between Partridge Trail and Greenhill Drive and cut through backyards and the property of the Covenant Presbyterian Church.

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Residents opposed to the road have said it is a short-term fix and will disrupt their quiet neighborhood.

The county has said growth in the Robinwood Drive area forced the county to consider the bypass.

"It's a road to nowhere," Partridge Trail resident Mona Adkins said during the public hearing. "It's not the right way to go."

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