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Lawmakers seek $74M for local projects

May 27, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Federal representatives have asked for about $74 million for projects specific to Hagerstown and Washington County in the fiscal year 2010 federal budget.

The requests include money for road projects, communication equipment, and water and sewer system upgrades.

The largest request, by U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, was $25 million to help improve Interstate 81 in Maryland, from Pennsylvania to West Virginia.

Bartlett's list of $67.5 million in funding requests also includes $9 million for a four-lane bridge over Antietam Creek at Professional Court. A connector road would link to Medical Campus Road and the proposed new entrance to Hagerstown Community College, according to a summary posted on Bartlett's Web site.

Bartlett requested another $8 million for a Northeast bypass, "a regional limited access highway spanning from the eastern to northern portions" of the Hagerstown area, the summary says.

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The money Bartlett requested and $6.2 million sought by Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski are in federal budget bills that Congress hasn't yet considered.

Fiscal year 2010 starts Oct. 1.

This is the first year members of Congress were required to post their funding requests, rather than funding that's approved, according to spokeswomen for Cardin and Bartlett.

Bartlett has posted his funding requests the last few years, spokeswoman Lisa Wright said.

Cardin's list of requests includes:

o $3 million for Volvo Powertrain North America, which has a plant north of Hagerstown, for the final development of a hybrid electric heavy truck before production.

o $650,000 for a minority- and women-owned business program in the City of Hagerstown.

o $150,000 to turn the Doleman collection of memorabilia about African-American history into a museum.

Mikulski only made one budget request, jointly with Cardin -- $900,000 to replace 130 radios, allowing the Hagerstown Police Department to mesh with other communications systems in the region.

Bartlett asked for nearly $2 million to help Williamsport repair its water and sewer systems.

For Washington County Hospital, Bartlett requested $1.19 million to help build a new hospital on Robinwood Drive, $1 million for electronic medical records and $1.59 million for a new angioplasty room.

Cardin asked for $596,000 to benefit Washington County Hospital's John R. Marsh Cancer Center.

Sue Walitsky, a spokeswoman for Cardin, said he asked for a total of $1.2 billion in funding for Maryland, down from more than $5.1 billion worth of requests he was asked to make.

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The list below is of the approximately $74 million worth of Hagerstown and Washington County projects that federal representatives asked for in the fiscal year 2010 budget.

U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin

o $3 million to Volvo Powertrain North America, which has a plant north of Hagerstown, for the final development stage of hybrid electric heavy trucks for the military.

o $900,000 to replace 130 radios so the Hagerstown Police Department can fit better into local communications systems (jointly requested by Cardin and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski).

o $700,000 to replace two 24-inch water transmission mains.

o $650,000 for a minority- and women-owned business program in the City of Hagerstown.

o $596,000 to buy two pieces of equipment for Washington County Hospital's John R. Marsh Cancer Center.

o $250,000 to the Community Action Council to buy buses for a transportation program for people with disabilities and for operations of the program.

o $150,000 to turn the Doleman collection of African-American memorabilia into a museum.

U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett

o $25 million to improve Interstate 81 in Maryland, from Pennsylvania to West Virginia.

o $9 million for a four-lane bridge over Antietam Creek at Professional Court and a connector road from the bridge to link with Medical Campus Road and a proposed new entrance to Hagerstown Community College.

o $8 million for a Northeast bypass highway project in the Hagerstown area.

o $4.9 million to Zeltex Inc. of Western Maryland Parkway in Hagerstown for a remote fuel assessment system for the military.

o $4.72 million for improvements to Eastern Boulevard.

o $4.05 million to replace and reline pipes in Hagerstown's wastewater system.

o $3 million for Volvo Powertrain North America's hybrid electric heavy truck project.

o $1.59 million for a new angioplasty room for Washington County Hospital.

o $1.19 million to help build a new hospital on Robinwood Drive.

o $1 million for a transportation system for people with disabilities and the elderly.

o $1 million for electronic medical records for Washington County Hospital.

o $1 million to improve Williamsport's water system.

o $984,500 to repair Williamsport's sewer system and pumping stations.

o $900,000 for Hagerstown Police Department radios.

o $700,000 to replace aging water mains in Hagerstown.

o $500,000 to extend Haven Road to connect Pennsylvania Avenue with Salem Avenue.

Source: Cardin's, Mikulski's and Bartlett's Web sites

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