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Landscaping sought for four Hagerstown gateways

November 06, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown officials want to beautify four high-traffic areas across town to send a positive message to motorists entering the city.

The matter is scheduled to be discussed this afternoon during the Hagerstown City Council's work session.

Cindy Blackstock, city community development coordinator, said city staff will propose landscaping Prospect Avenue at Pennsylvania Avenue, three traffic islands on Eastern Boulevard near Potomac Avenue, East Franklin Street at Cannon Avenue and two traffic islands at Virginia Avenue and Wilson Boulevard.

Those areas are considered gateways to the city and should look presentable, she said. At this point, the cost of the project is unknown.

According to a memorandum from City Engineer Rodney Tissue, the city's current budget has $10,000 allotted for making traffic island improvements. If the council gives its approval, city staff want to start with the three traffic islands at Eastern Boulevard near Potomac Avenue, and move on to the other areas as the council approves funding, the memorandum said.

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Blackstock said the Hagerstown Beautification Advisory Committee would like to encourage city residents to adopt each of the areas to keep them free of litter.

The project could start as early as this spring, she said.

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