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Jonathan Street work moving forward

August 14, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Plans for a $4.47 million Jonathan Street improvement project are moving forward, and will have a significant impact on residents, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said Tuesday.

"This is going to be a tough project," Tissue said. "I don't want to sugarcoat it."

Officials at Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council work session said that designs for the project, which primarily is to improve utilities on the street, are nearly finished.

The project includes water and sewer line replacements and work to streetlights. A new street surface, new curb, sidewalk, landscaping, lights, crosswalks and trash cans also will be included.

Work is expected to begin in the winter or spring and should be completed by spring 2009, according to documents.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the community wants the project to be completed as soon as possible.

Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean said the improvements to Jonathan Street have been discussed long enough, and it was time to proceed with the needed work.

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"I just think that we have played with this particular project since I've been here ... and I have a community that just wants to get it done," she said.

The work is needed, and the amount being spent will seem like a lot of money, Councilman Martin E. Brubaker said. He added that money will be saved annually by making the utility improvements.

Officials have said that water main breaks repeatedly have damaged the adjoining storm drain and surrounding pavement, and water has flooded buildings.

"Most of it is not streetscape and pretty stuff," Brubaker said. "It's (utilities)."

Brubaker said that investing money in an existing neighborhood was a smart decision.

Tissue said the first work that will be visible likely will be the installation of a waterline from one end of Jonathan Street to the other. Workers will move block by block, closing the areas to traffic as they work.

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