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Shopping center getting two new traffic signals

November 23, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN

andrews@herald-mail.com

Businesses are paying almost all of the costs for two new traffic signals at the Centre at Hagerstown, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said Tuesday.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Hagerstown City Council approved buying the two lights.

One, at Garland Groh Boulevard and Bartow Drive, near McDonald's, will cost about $100,000.

The other, at an access road near TGI Friday's and Ryan's Grill, Buffet & Bakery, will cost about $71,000.

Valentine Electric, Heating & Air Inc. of Hagerstown was awarded both contracts.

Tissue said the Rachuba Group, the developer of Hager's Crossing behind the shopping center, will pay for the Bartow Drive light.

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Valentine Electric bid $99,663.50 to put in the light. The only other bidder was Antietam Electrical of Williamsport, which bid $108,969.50.

Valentine Electric's contract to put in the access road light was worth $70,502.

Again, Antietam Electrical was the only other bidder, at $82,232.

Tissue said those companies are typically the only local ones to bid on traffic-signal projects.

He said the additional cost of a controlling mechanism and electricity from Allegheny Power will put the total project at about $80,000.

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust, Wal-Mart and The Home Depot are each contributing $25,000, according to Tissue.

He said Wal-Mart and The Home Depot own their buildings and Washington Real Estate Investment Trust owns the rest of the shopping center.

The city is paying the additional $5,000, he said.

Tissue said he expects the lights to be installed in April or May.

The only citizen comment about the lights Tuesday came from Robert Nearchos, who lives near the shopping center. He suggested putting up three-way stop signs instead of traffic signals.

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