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New hospital's road upgrades are fraction of those needed

December 29, 2004|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

While growth in the Robinwood Drive area is driving the need for about $16 million in road improvements, only part of that expense can be attributed to plans to build a hospital off Medical Campus Drive, Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said Tuesday.

Snook said that of the $16 million, a hospital would require $1.7 million in road improvements.

The County Commissioners approved an agreement last week with Washington County Health System, the parent company of Washington County Hospital, outlining the $1.7 million roads fee requirement.

The fee is part of the county's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) for roads. Under the APFO, developers in the Robinwood Drive and Longmeadow Road areas pay a certain amount toward transportation-related improvements.

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The hospital fee was based on a county formula that takes into account the number of vehicle trips a new hospital would generate and cost per trip.

"We just tried to use a basic formula, and that's how the number came up," Commissioner James F. Kercheval said Tuesday. "We didn't just pick a subjective number off the top of our heads."

Plans are to build the hospital on the west side of Medical Campus Road near its intersection with Yale Drive, adjacent to Robinwood Medical Center.

The money paid by the hospital would cover upgrades to Robinwood Drive between Medical Campus Road and Md. 64 and parts of Edgewood Drive and Mount Aetna Road.

Snook and Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell said other development, such as housing developments planned for the Robinwood area, also are driving the need for road improvements.

Other planned improvements to the area include building a connector road between Robinwood Drive and Md. 64 that would bypass the portion of Robinwood Drive between Hagerstown Community College and Md. 64.

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