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City Council to hear proposal for road in North End

February 12, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN

A proposal to build a road that would help alleviate traffic on the north end of Hagerstown will be presented to the City Council this afternoon.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said the road would connect Marsh Pike to Antietam Drive near the YMCA.

"This is the most pressing transportation need in the city," Tissue said.

Eastern Boulevard would be extended to the east and intersect with the proposed road at Antietam Drive, according to city documents.

The road would run east of a development on Cortland Drive and the proposed site of a Lowe's Home Improvement center, he said.

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Approved development in that area is projected to increase traffic volume by as much as 75 percent over the next five years, Tissue said. The proposed road would ease congestion on Leitersburg Pike and Eastern Boulevard.

Tissue said construction and design of the road would cost an estimated $5.87 million.

He said a plan to fund the road's construction hasn't been put together, but the proposal suggests that the city and county each pay 25 percent. Developers associated with construction in the area would pay the remaining 50 percent, Tissue said.

John F. Barr, president of the Washington County Commissioners, said he didn't know a lot of details about the road's construction. But he said the commissioners are willing to sit down with city officials to discuss the proposal.

Tissue said the road should be built as a "city arterial-class road," meaning it would have a four-lane section.

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