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Washington County, state to share costs for safety upgrade to intersection of Poffenberger Road and Alt. U.S. 40.

February 07, 2012|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to authorize an agreement with the State Highway Administration on a joint project for safety improvements at the intersection of Poffenberger Road and Alt. U.S. 40.

The project includes moving that intersection about 250 feet farther north to correct a sight-distance problem and constructing a roundabout at the intersection of Poffenberger and Garis Shop roads to slow traffic approaching the intersection, county Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III said.

The agreement approved Tuesday outlines how the county and state will share the costs and responsibilities.

The county previously approved an agreement with a private developer, Clagett’s Mill LLC, that will also contribute to the project.

Commissioners President Terry Baker was the sole “no” vote on the five-member panel for both agreements.

“I have to ask myself the question, would we be doing this had it not been for Clagett’s Mill,” Baker said, referring to a 238-home development along Poffenberger Road.

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Baker said he didn’t think the developer was contributing a fair share.

Kroboth said Clagett’s Mill LLC is contributing about $700,000 to the project.

He said previously that the housing development is not the sole reason for the project, and that the primary reason is the limited sight distance for vehicles turning onto Alt. U.S. 40.

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