City backs Eastern Boulevard project

June 23, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The City of Hagerstown will participate in a $9 million road project to ease traffic congestion on Eastern Boulevard.

On Tuesday, the council voted 4-0 to support the project, which would include the construction of a road that would extend behind the Stone House Square shopping center from the YMCA to Md. 60 at Marsh Pike.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner was absent.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said before the meeting the council's decision will not require the spending of city funds.

Washington County officials will lead the project, Tissue said, but the city wants to participate in the design of the road in case the property is annexed at a later date.

The road would be used to alleviate traffic primarily at the intersection of Eastern Boulevard and Md. 60, Tissue said.

County officials have been working for more than a year with Holcim Inc. -- a cement company that owns property behind Stone House Square -- to donate about $1 million of land on which the road would be built, Washington County Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III said last week.


The land had not been donated as of Tuesday, Kroboth said.

"We would like to move forward with it ... between now and the end of the year," Kroboth said.

In addition to the construction of a new road, the project includes moving Old Forge Road about 2,000 feet to the north so Holcim Inc. could excavate land in that area.

Also being considered is a park that would be built on property to the east of the Cortland Manor residential development, city documents show. The park would include six softball fields, five soccer fields and two tennis courts.

Kroboth said the project isn't expected to get under way until at least 2016 because the funds aren't available.

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