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Houses being razed for road widening

January 11, 2006|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

The demolition of three houses and part of a house along Maugans Avenue will begin this month to make way for the widening of the heavily traveled road just north of Hagerstown.

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday awarded the demolition contract to Callas Contractors of Hagerstown for $87,100.

Callas Contractors submitted the lowest bid of three received for the project, Deputy Chief Engineer Robert Slocum said.

The project is scheduled to begin Jan. 23 and run through May 22.

The houses to be fully demolished are at 13534 Spriggs Road, at the corner of Spriggs Road and Maugans Avenue; 13526 Pennsylvania Ave., at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Maugans Avenue; and 18620 Maugans Ave.

An addition built on 13529 Spriggs Road and a garage also will be demolished, but the main house will not be, according to information included in the commissioners' meeting agenda.

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The county plans to sell the lots and the remaining house.

The demolitions are part of a $6.1 million project to widen Maugans Avenue to five lanes from Pennsylvania Avenue to the Interstate 81 interchange.

The county has been buying homes outright and strips of land to accommodate the project. So far, it has reached more than 20 deals with property owners and has 14 left.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said construction would not begin until after the remaining property has been purchased.

Construction is tentatively set to start in May. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2007, county officials said in November.

County officials have said 12,000 to 16,000 vehicles travel the two-lane road daily. Between 1999 and 2004, there have been 85 accidents on that stretch of the road.

County officials anticipate those statistics to increase with continued development around Maugans Avenue and say that a widened road would better accommodate traffic and make travel safer.

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