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Hagerstown to seek contractor for Jonathan Street fixes

January 16, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

The City of Hagerstown could start looking as early as Jan. 25 for a contractor to overhaul Jonathan Street.

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave City Engineer Rodney Tissue permission to seek bids for the $4.48 million project, which includes reconstructing the road and installing new water and sewer lines.

Tissue said the bidding process would continue through February, and the contract probably would be awarded in March. If everything goes as planned, work would start no later than the spring and be finished by the middle of 2009, he said.

Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean, a Jonathan Street resident, said the project would be well worth the cost.

"Let's go ... It's long overdue," she said.

Tissue said the project also involves replacing a storm drain that is more than 100 years old.

About $2.4 million of the cost is earmarked to come from the city's general fund, Tissue said. The Water and Sewer funds would contribute $900,000 each, and City Light would pay roughly $275,000 to replace street lights, he said.

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Tissue said the project could have a significant impact on Jonathan Street residents.

Construction likely would be completed one block at a time and cause traffic to be detoured, he said. During brief periods, however, traffic would be limited to one lane.

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