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Preparation work for Robinwood Drive widening project to take place this week

July 22, 2013|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com

Preparation work for the widening of Robinwood Drive will take place this week, starting with demolition and temporary repaving of existing medians in the area of Medical Campus Road east of Hagerstown, according to a Washington County official.

“Traffic will be maintained in all directions during the project, and emergency vehicles will be able to pass through the work zone,” James Jenkins, the county’s public relations and community affairs manager, said in an email Monday.

On Robinwood Drive, removal of the center median at Medical Campus Drive was scheduled to begin Monday and continue through the week, Jenkins said.

Traffic-control drums will be placed to identify necessary lane shifts, he said.

“The turning lanes from Robinwood Drive onto Medical Campus Road will remain open to through traffic,” Jenkins said.

The removal of the current center median on Medical Campus Road approaching Robinwood Drive will begin Wednesday, according to Jenkins, who noted that work will require the left-turning lane from Medical Campus Road onto Robinwood Drive to be closed.

A single lane will remain open to through-traffic, he said.

Weather permitting, all roadwork for the initial phase of construction should be completed by Friday, Jenkins said.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on June 18 awarded a $7.8 million contract to Milani Construction LLC, of Washington, D.C., for the project, expected to be completed by mid-November 2014.

When completed, Robinwood Drive will be widened from two lanes to four between Medical Campus Road, which provides access to Meritus Medical Center and other medical suites, and Academic Boulevard at Hagerstown Community College.

The project calls for the installation of a roundabout at the entrance of HCC, replacing the current traffic signal.

Storm-drain upgrades, curbing, sidewalks, traffic signals and improved street lighting at the roundabout also are included in the work, as well as the installation of a new wall and fencing at the college’s entrance.

At the June 18 meeting, a county staff member told the commissioners that Milani officials intend to subcontract about 23 percent of the overall project to local companies, including an estimated $1.5 million to $2 million for paving alone.

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