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Hagerstown OKs $2.4 million commitment

Edgewood Drive project could begin this summer

Edgewood Drive project could begin this summer

January 15, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN ? A project to improve the intersection at Edgewood Drive and U.S. 40 could get under way as early as this summer, Hagerstown City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

On Tuesday, the Hagerstown City Council approved a memorandum of understanding that will commit the city to paying roughly $2.4 million, or about 20 percent of the project's $12.3 million cost.

Washington County officials recently agreed to pay about 30 percent, or $3.6 million to help fund the project. The State Highway Administration will pay about half of the cost, or roughly $6 million.

Tissue said the planning and engineering phases of the project already have been completed. All that remains now is for the State Highway Administration to solicit bids and hire a contractor, he said.

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If everything goes well, construction could start this summer, Tissue said.

The State Highway Administration will manage the project, which includes reconstructing the intersection and improving utilities there.

According to city documents, the intersection is failing to accommodate heavy and immediate traffic pressure caused by increased development.

The council voted 4-1 to approve the project.

Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh, who cast the dissenting vote, said she voted against the project because the plan, as presented, offers a "Band-Aid fix."

She said the issue probably would be revisited sooner rather than later to address problems that weren't fixed by the existing proposal.

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