Upgrading Longmeadow Road-Marsh Pike intersection expected to cost $2.68 million

May 01, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The Washington County Commissioners have approved the purchase of two properties and will consider buying one more in connection with a planned expansion of the Longmeadow Road and Marsh Pike intersection.

On April 8, the county commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of a house and property at 19331 Longmeadow Road from William and Melissa Dickinson for the appraised value of $290,000.

The assessed value of the house and property is $276,720, state property records show.

On Tuesday, the commissioners voted 3-2 to buy a house and property at 19327 Longmeadow Road from John and Sabrina Smith for the appraised value of $285,000.

The assessed value of that house and property is $228,230, according to state property records.

Commissioners Vice President Terry L. Baker and Commissioner William J. Wivell voted in favor of the first purchase but against the second.


Wivell said the county should not buy the entire house because it only needs a small corner of the property to build the road.

Baker first voted to buy the house but later reversed his vote after he saw the assessed value of the property.

He said the county is paying too much for the house.

The first house will have to be demolished to make room for the road, Washington County Real Property Administrator Joe Kuhna said Wednesday.

Kuhna said one more property is needed to make room for the intersection widening project.

The project includes adding turn lanes, replacing the traffic signal and adding a sidewalk, said Robert J. Slocum, acting director of capital projects.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $2.68 million, Slocum said.

He said construction should start in late spring or early summer of 2009 and hopefully will finish by December 2009.

A separate project to widen Longmeadow Road to three lanes from Marsh Pike to Pulaski Drive will start the following year, Slocum said.

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