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Upgrades top county priority list

U.S. 40

May 02, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

HAGERSTOWN - A list of five county roadway improvement projects will go to the State Highway Administration and the Maryland Delegation for funding consideration and support.

The Washington County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to send to the state a priority list of roadway improvement projects totaling at least $30 million, including the existing proposal to fund a weigh station on Interstate 81.

Topping the list was a proposed $15 million reconstruction of the U.S. 40 and Edgewood Drive intersection from the city line to Mount Aetna Road.

Gary Rohrer, director of special projects, presented commissioners with revised priorities requesting the board decide to send at least five projects to the state for consideration.

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"By Maryland statute, we must have Maryland Delegation support before sending a project to MDOT (Maryland Department of Transportation)," he said.

Rohrer first approached the board in April after the Greater Hagerstown Committee and the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce requested the county and City of Hagerstown join forces to draft a priority list of projects.

Rohrer said he met with the Maryland Assistant Secretary of Transportation on Friday and further revised the list to included a request for a state study of the intersection of U.S. 40 and Cornell Drive.

Of the five projects, Rohrer projected three would be funded through county collaboration with a mix of state, federal, city and private money.

"The deputy secretary did say that where we propose partnering on a project, it will have a much higher chance of making the CTP (Consolidated Transportation Plan of Maryland)," he said.

The list included projects to widen Eastern Boulevard and intersection improvement at the U.S. 340 and Keep Tryst Road intersection.

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