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Workers finish installing pipes to aid storm drainage

August 02, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Traffic was back to normal on Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown after workers recently completed a storm-drainage project between Halfway Boulevard and Englewood Road.

William Park, State Highway Administration assistant district engineer for project development, said he didn't have a lot of details, but workers had to dig up Virginia Avenue to install subsurface pipes to improve the storm drainage.

He said he thought the project wrapped up on Wednesday.

The project cost about $500,000, he said.

Meanwhile, another storm-drainage project in the city isn't slated for completion for at least three weeks.

Assistant City Engineer Jim Bender said he hoped work at the intersection at Maryland Avenue and West Wilson Boulevard would be completed by the time school starts Aug. 22.

West Wilson Boulevard is open to east and west traffic at the intersection, but Maryland Avenue is closed to north and south traffic, he said.

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The project costs about $278,000 and involves, in part, replacing gas lines and storm-drain lines under the intersection, Bender said.

Most of the lines are done, he said.

When all of the lines are laid, Bender said workers would repave the intersection.

Work has been ongoing at the intersection for the past few months.

The project originally was slated to last until mid-August, according to a city press release.

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