Whether Washington County government or the City of Hagerstown picks up a larger percentage of the recent cost increase for the Edgewood Drive/U.S. 40 intersection upgrade is a fair subject for debate.
But what absolutely cannot be debated at this late date is the need for the project. Years of poor planning led to the current mess. It's time to move ahead and the County Commissioners' decision to accept the state's revised estimate is most welcome.
The intersection, just west of the Interstate 70 Hagerstown exit, was identified as failing in a Maryland State Highway Administration study issued in February 2004.
Without an extra lane in each direction, the SHA study said there would be major gridlock by 2008.
And not just at that intersection. Do nothing, the study said, and, like a tumbling row of dominoes, every intersection from Cleveland Avenue to I-70 would also fail.