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Hagerstown City Council OKs funds to complete downtown bike loop

Construction will connect existing bike lanes on South Prospect Street to Summit Avenue

March 27, 2013|By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com

Construction for the last leg of a project that will complete a downtown bike loop was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

A contract was awarded to Hagerstown company Henson & Son, Inc, in the amount of $79,786.50 for the construction of a 10-foot-wide multiuse path from South Prospect Street along Walnut Street to Park Circle, along the north side of Park Circle to Walnut Avenue.

According to the city documents, the construction will connect existing bike lanes on South Prospect Street to Summit Avenue and cyclists will have the option of turning onto the West Lee Street bike lane or continuing north on a new Summit Avenue lane connecting to an existing lane on Jonathan Street.

Also approved was the allocation of $10,913.50 for bike lane signs and markings.

The total budget for the project is $90,700.

The funding breakdown includes a $60,000 grant from the Maryland Bikeways Program, $5,000 for pavement preservation allocated by the state through the city, $3,000 tree-planting grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, $5,000 allocated for downtown enhancements from the city’s general fund and $17,700 from excise tax allocated to park enhancements.

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The downtown loop was initiated by the Bicycle Master Plan, adopted in 2010 under a previous mayor and council administration.

“The goal was to have people be able to safely get around the downtown so they can go to wherever their destination is,” City Engineer Rodney Tissue said Wednesday.

Tissue said the project will constitute about eight miles when completed. The last mile is the only section requiring construction, he said.

Tissue estimated the implementation of previous sections cost $20,000 for lane striping and signs.

Tissue expects construction on the final section to begin in May and wrap in June.

“I just want to say I’m looking forward to the construction of the bike path and bike lanes, continuation of our bike infrastructure here in Hagerstown,” Mayor David S. Gysberts said Tuesday at the Hagerstown City Council meeting before the council unanimously approved the item.

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