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City Council says engineer may seek Marshall Street repair bids

April 19, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave the city engineer permission to advertise for bids to reconstruct Marshall Street from Rhode Island Avenue to the city limits near Interstate 81.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said the city has $440,000 budgeted for the project. That amount was raised through excise taxes collected from development communities, he said.

Tissue said the city reserves the right to reject bids.

The road is possibly in the worst condition of any road in the city, he said.

As a result, contractors will have to bore about a foot under the road, where they'll inject cement into the soil, Tissue said. Once that is accomplished, about 4 to 6 inches of asphalt will be laid on top, he said.

"The paved deterioration is beyond a point where a simple hot asphalt overlay will resolve the problem," Tissue wrote last week in a memo to City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman. "We feel the road base failure is significant, and the most cost-effective way to improve the street is (to reconstruct it)."

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Ideally, the project would start this fall and take about a month to complete, Tissue said.

The reconstruction costs probably will be the only ones associated with the project because the sewer line under the road was recently replaced, and the water line is in good shape, he said.

Marshall Street has open shoulders for drainage, so storm sewers aren't needed, Tissue said.

As far as curbs and sidewalks, he said developers probably would pay any future installation costs.

Tissue said about 4,000 vehicles use Marshall Street daily. The traffic includes several heavy trucks that exceed the load limit and tear up the street, he said.

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