WASHINGTON COUNTY -- A long-awaited bypass around Funkstown will be partially funded in fiscal year 2009 after the Washington County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to move the project up in the county's capital improvement plan.
Southern Boulevard, which will connect East Oak Ridge Drive west of Funkstown with Edgewood Drive east of Funkstown, will cost roughly $30 million to finish and is being divided into two parts, County Commissioner James F. Kercheval said.
About $1.43 million will be allotted in fiscal 2009, which starts July 1, for land acquisition and design of the road's first section from East Oak Ridge Drive near South Pointe Drive to Alt. U.S. 40 north of Funkstown, Washington County Budget and Finance Director Debra S. Murray said.
Construction on that section would begin in fiscal 2010, according to budget documents. Construction costs in fiscal 2010 are estimated at $4 million.