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Longmeadow Road widening might start next week

August 09, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com

After years of preparation, a project to widen Longmeadow Road and improve its intersection with Marsh Pike is scheduled to begin construction as early as next week, Washington County Deputy Director of Public Works Robert Slocum said Tuesday.

The Board of County Commissioners awarded the construction contract to Concrete General Inc. of Gaithersburg, Md., for about $2.2 million. That was the lowest of three bids for the project.

The project is meant to increase traffic capacity and improve pedestrian safety in the area of the intersection north of Hagerstown, Slocum said.

Planned improvements include adding right-turn lanes in each direction, one additional northbound left-turn lane, right-turn acceleration lanes on Longmeadow Road, and widening Longmeadow Road to accommodate two through lanes in the future, according to a report by Slocum. The work will cover about four-tenths of a mile of each road.

Construction is expected to start Monday, continue as long as possible into the fall, and break for the winter before resuming in the spring for completion by May 18, Slocum said.

Slocum said the county was in negotiations for about two years for property and easement acquisitions needed for the project. The final acquisitions were approved Tuesday. They totaled $209,568 and included partial acquisitions from the Susquehanna Bank property and a single-family home across the street from the bank, as well as drainage easements along Longmeadow Road.

The commissioners also voted Tuesday to approve a contract for the demolition of three homes on Longmeadow Road already acquired by the county. Those homes — at 19327, 19329 and 19331 Longmeadow Road — are scheduled to be torn down beginning Aug. 22.

The demolition contract was awarded to United Wreckers and Excavating of Martinsburg, W.Va., for $47,335, the lowest of four bids for the work.

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