City paves way for road projects

March 20, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown City Council will discuss during its work session today the status of several multimillion-dollar road improvements.

Widening Eastern Boulevard from Conrad Court to Md. 64 is first on the city's list of things to do, according to city documents.

Assistant City Engineer Jim Bender said the city hopes to start the $6.1 million project by mid- to late summer and finish about a year later.

"We're hoping to put this project out on the street for bids in April," he said.

The bulk of funding for the project will come from bond money and the city's general fund, he said.

City officials are hopeful that about one-fourth of the project's cost will be paid by developers in that construction corridor, he said.


"We're trying to get a buy-in from the developers as well," Bender said.

Another project includes making intersection improvements at Dual Highway and Edgewood Drive, he said.

The cost of that project will run about $10 million to $12 million, he said. Funding will be provided at the local, county and state levels.

The timeline for starting construction to improve storm drains on Jonathan Street is unknown at this time, he said.

City documents show that project is third on the city's list.

A little more than 50 percent of the $4.5 million cost will be paid by the city's general fund, he said.

Because the project includes several utility improvements, the Water and Sewer Department will pay about 35 percent to 40 percent of the cost and the Light Department about 5 percent to 10 percent, he said.

Bender said he wasn't sure how much it will cost to make intersection improvements at Northern Avenue and Md. 60.

The project goes hand in hand with a Lowe's Home Improvement Center that will be built nearby.

Construction should start within the next three or four months, he said.

Last on the city's list of major street projects is the reconstruction of Marshall Street.

That area involves Marshall Street from roughly the city limits to Rhode Island Avenue, Bender said.

The city will repave that portion of the road and regrade a hump, he said.

Bender said there is no estimate of the cost. The project probably will be done in phases, which also includes curbing, sidewalk extensions and storm drains, he said.

In the works

Future road projects in the City of Hagerstown:

· Eastern Boulevard extension from YMCA to Marsh Pike, $5.87 million

· Professional Court Extension over Antietam Creek to the proposed hospital site on Robinwood Drive, $9 million

· Construction of a road to connect Edgewood Drive and Oak Ridge Drive, $20.6 million

Source: City documents

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