Washington County leaders will have a chance to discuss transportation project priorities with state officials during the Maryland Department of Transportation's annual visit to the county in October, county Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III said Tuesday.
The meeting with the Washington County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Oct. 6 at 10 a.m., Kroboth said.
A list compiled by Kroboth of potential projects to discuss at the meeting included 35 pedestrian, bicycle, highway, mass-transit, aviation and park-and-ride-related projects.
Many are the same projects the county discussed with state officials last year, but one new addition to the list is the need for upgrades to the interchange at Interstate 70 and Md. 65, Kroboth said.
"There is development potential in that Md. 65 corridor, and there is some deficiency with that particular interchange and safety issues, some of which will be addressed by developers," Kroboth said.
However, at a cost of $12 million to $16 million, rebuilding the interchange is too large of an investment for a private-sector company to undertake, Kroboth said.
An expansion of the Hagerstown Regional Airport terminal also is on the list, he said.
Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham suggested adding to the list a study of ways to alleviate heavy truck traffic through the town of Williamsport, which takes a toll on roads there.
The list of projects will be submitted to the state agency in advance so a meeting agenda can be established, Kroboth said.