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Funkstown streets receiving new curbing

June 06, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

FUNKSTOWN -- New curbing is expected to be installed in the next few weeks at the entrances to Poplar and Chestnut streets off Edgewood Drive, Funkstown Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda L. Haynes said Wednesday.

The Town Council voted 6-0 at a May 25 special meeting to approve the low bid of $11,000 from Henson & Son Inc. to do the work, Haynes said.

The other bid was for $16,280 from Lone Star Builders Inc., according to bid documents.

The bidding included an alternative for plastic curbing, but town officials decided to go with concrete curbing to narrow the exits from both streets onto Edgewood Drive to prevent people from turning from Edgewood onto either of the streets, Haynes said.

The blocks nearest Edgewood were made one-way, east, in 2007 to prevent drivers coming through town on Edgewood from cutting through on the residential streets to avoid traffic signals.

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Some drivers still drive the wrong way up those streets and there are no stop signs on Poplar and Chestnut where each street meets High Street, Haynes said.

The narrowing of the exits onto Edgewood is meant to discourage people from driving the wrong way up Chestnut or Poplar, she said.

Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said Thursday that the curb work also will allow residents on Poplar and Chestnut streets to head west if needed, resolving a concern for at least one resident in that area.

A Poplar Street resident had said the one-way status rendered her driveway inaccessible.

The town will use the $10,795 it's expecting to receive through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to reimburse the cost of the work, with the town's general fund covering the difference if necessary, Haynes said.

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