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Washington County Commissioners briefs

August 20, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

Commissioners meet in Keedysville

The Washington County Commissioners held the second half of their weekly meeting in Keedysville Tuesday night.

The meeting was part of the commissioners' effort to meet in the county's municipalities several times per year.

County to request bids for Virginia Avenue sewer work

The county commissioners agreed Tuesday to send out a request for bids on a project to replace several hundred feet of sewer line beneath Virginia Avenue.

County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said workers noticed deterioration in the line while repairing a collapse in a different spot in the line a few months ago.

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The work likely will cost $300,000 to $500,000, Murray said.

The Maryland State Highway Administration is scheduled to overlay Virginia Avenue from Interstate 81 to Noland Drive this fall.

The commissioners agreed that it would be best to repair the line before that work begins.

Railroad crossing to be rebuilt

Washington County Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth II made several announcements Tuesday:

o Kroboth said CSX plans to reconstruct the railroad crossing near Bower and Virginia avenues in a month or so.

The work will cause road closures and detours.

The county will issue notices when more information is available, Kroboth said.

o Road improvements at the Smithsburg schools complex have been finished on time and on budget, Kroboth said.

The $50,000 improvements added turning areas to eliminate bottlenecks at the Smithsburg High School entrance.

More work at the intersection is planned, Kroboth said.

o Snow removal will be a lot more expensive this year, Kroboth said.

The cost of road salt has risen almost 60 percent in the last year, from $52 per ton to $82 per ton.

Combined with the high cost of diesel fuel, the increase will have a large effect on the Washington County Highway Department's snow-removal budget this year, he said.

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