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Hagerstown to use state money for Maryland Avenue sidewalk

August 27, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The City of Hagerstown will use $151,216 in state grant money to construct a sidewalk along the east side of Maryland Avenue from West Wilson Boulevard to Downsville Road.

The Hagerstown City Council voted 4-0 on Tuesday to approve the project.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said the money will come from the state's Safe Walk to Schools program, which, among other things, provides funding to build walkways near schools.

In this case, the sidewalk will provide a safe route for South Hagerstown High School students and people who attend sporting events at the nearby stadium and baseball diamond, Tissue said

In addition to the sidewalk, the work will include a curb and a storm drain, Tissue said.

If everything goes as planned, the project would start in October and be completed in the spring of 2009. At this point, the city is not anticipating any road closures associated with the construction, Tissue said.

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Tissue said the state originally awarded the city $210,000 for the project, but the winning bid came in far less than the estimated amount.

"We're hoping they let us use (the remaining $58,784) for other school walk routes," Tissue said.

Concrete Central LLC of Hagerstown submitted the winning bid of $151,216, according to city documents. Other bids were submitted by Henson & Son Inc. of Hagerstown for $187,239.55; Excel Contractors of Hagerstown for $201,640.50; and Arthur Construction of Sterling, Va., for $289,411.

How they voted



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted 4-0 to approve a $151,216 state grant that would be used for construction of a sidewalk on Maryland Avenue.

o Martin E. Brubaker - yes

o Lewis C. Metzner - yes

o Penny M. Nigh - yes

o Alesia D. Parson-McBean - yes

o Kelly S. Cromer - absent

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