County Comment: Roads, bridges, and infrastructure, part 1
Roads, bridges, and infrastructure, part 1
By Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer
It's spring and that brings the start of construction season in Washington County. Contractors and County employee crews will be gearing up for the start or continuation of a variety of projects in the next month, says Rob Slocum, Deputy Director of Public Works for Capital Projects Engineering.
You may have already noticed beginnings of the Halfway Boulevard/Massey Boulevard project that Slocum says will be finished in November, adding turn lanes to all approaches to the intersection for improved traffic flow.
The U.S. 40-Edgewood Drive joint project with the State Highway Administration (SHA) will be complete in June, and the Transit Transfer Center off West Franklin Street is also slated to be finished in June.
The one-lane bridge on Barnes Road near Boonsboro will be opened to traffic on completion in May. Phase I-A of the Sheriff's Department Detention Center addition is also scheduled for completion in May.
Infrastructure projects to begin this summer include the Senior Center on the Hagerstown Community College Campus, the Longmeadow/Marsh Pike intersection widening project, and rehabilitation of the Devil's Backbone Park Dam on Antietam Creek off Lappans Road. Maryland Route 68 (Lappans Rd.) will be widened in a joint project with SHA, Slocum said.
A host of County roadways will see some form of improvement through the Pavement Maintenance Program this summer.
Receiving Patch and Overlay treatment are Monroe Road from the pavement transition near MD 34 to the entrance to Boonsboro's Yard Waste Facility; Scenic View Court from Old National Pike to the dead end Cul-de-sac; Beaver Creek Road from US 40 to Childacrest Dr; Mountain Meadow Dr from Beaver Creek Rd to the dead end Cul-de-sac; Childacrest Drive from Beaver Creek Rd to the dead end Cul-de-sac; Highview Court from White Hall Rd to the dead end Cul-de-sac; Fieldstone Drive from Beaver Creek Rd to the dead end Cul-de-sac; North Colonial Drive from Mount Aetna Rd to Birch Knoll Rd; North Colonial Drive from Cornell Dr to Lehigh Ave; North Colonial Drive from Lehigh Ave to the Hagerstown City Limit; Cornell Avenue from Dual Highway 165 ft W of North Colonial Dr; Cornell Avenue from 165 ft W of N. Colonial Dr to Stanford Ave; Sweet Briar Lane from N. Colonial Dr to Stanford Ave; Harvard Road from N. Colonial Dr to Birch Knoll Rd; Catawba Place from N. Colonial Dr to Birch Knoll Rd; Lehigh Avenue from N. Colonial Dr to Cornell Dr; Catawba Circle from Catawba Pl to Lehigh Ave; Birch Knoll Rd from Harvard Rd to the dead end; Marsh Road from Marsh Pike to Marsh Haven Lane; Roessner Avenue from Flower Ave to the dead end; Knotty Pine Drive from Oak Ridge Dr to Red Oak Dr; Mildred Lane from Stephanie Ln to Zemma Ln; Bullock Court from Lyles Dr to 150 feet from Lyles Dr; Crofton Road from Northern Ave to Pennsylvania Ave; Briarwood Drive from Rolling Rd to Rolling Rd; Briarwood Circle from Briarwood Dr to the dead end; Fairgreen Circle from Briarwood Dr to the dead end ; Rolling Road from Briarwood Dr to Briarwood Dr; and Apple Hill Drive from Rolling Rd to the dead end.
Due to space requirements, next week we'll focus on Mill and Overlay, Patch/Crack Fill and Crack Fill projects and the following week we'll take on Chip seal, Scrub Seal and Fog Seal projects.