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City to consider study of Robinwood corridor

June 23, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown City Council is expected to vote during its meeting today whether to conduct a traffic study that would determine the feasibility of extending Professional Court to Robinwood Drive.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said the study would cost $25,811.78.

Washington County and the city would split the cost of the project, Tissue said. The city's share would be paid by using developer contributions or accumulated excise taxes.

Tissue said the study would evaluate 12 intersections in the Robinwood corridor to determine, among other things, the number of lanes that would need to be built.

He said Professional Court is being considered for extension to accommodate an increasing amount of traffic due to development, including a regional medical center that is under construction.

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In a memorandum written earlier this month, Tissue wrote that the city -- rather than the county -- is taking the lead on the study "to expedite the work since the county engineering workload is very high ... a portion of the project is in the city ... it's likely the road will eventually be in the city via annexation and ... because (the city is) going to receive federal funds for design and construction."

Tissue said Sabra Wang & Associates of Baltimore submitted the lowest bid.

Other bids were submitted by KCI Technologies of Sparks, Md., for $33,068, and by Whitney Bailey Cox & Magnani of Baltimore for $34,600, according to city records.

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