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Halfway Boulevard intersection to be rebuilt

October 29, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

HALFWAY - Rebuilding the intersection of Halfway and Massey boulevards could be completed within five years, Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said Thursday.

During Thursday's board cutting and dedication for the new Lowe's flatbed distribution center on Wesel Boulevard, Snook said the city and county were working to improve the Wesel Boulevard corridor to bring more jobs to the area.

Asked later what he meant, Snook mentioned the intersection rebuilding project.

Through and turn lanes would be added at that intersection, said Gary Rohrer, the county's director of public works.

The intersection upgrade was high on the county's priority list until Wal-Mart left Wesel Boulevard, but the need for the project has picked up with development in the area, Snook and Rohrer said.

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Reached on his cell phone Thursday night, Rohrer estimated the project could cost approximately $3 million to $4 million.

The county could use county, developer and state funds on road improvement projects to pay for the intersection rebuilding, Rohrer said. County officials have not had recent discussions with Hagerstown officials about city funding for the project, he said.

Snook said construction on a separate project near that intersection, the addition of a dedicated right-turn lane on Massey Boulevard, should start in the next six months.

The developer for Kohl's department store is paying for the $150,000 project, county officials said.

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