County officials are reviewing a plan submitted by the State Highway Administration for landscaping the median strip of Route 140 entering Westminster.
County landscape planner Neil Ridgely is working with Carroll public works officials to determine annual maintenance costs, which would be the county's only cost for the project, said planner Steven Horn.
SHA's plan, which was requested by the county, involves planting trees, shrubs and colorful seasonal plants along the median of the highway between Route 97 and Route 31, said Horn. SHA would supply the plants and pay for the landscaping as part of the agency's initiative to beautify state roads.
Route 140 "is the main gateway into the city of Westminster," said Horn. "We want to beautify it and spruce it up. Hopefully it would help in the economic development of the area.
"It would be a real nice amenity. Let's face it, it's not real attractive right now."
Route 140, running east-west from Baltimore through Westminster and Taneytown to Frederick County, serves as Westminster's main commercial strip.
The County Commissioners want to evaluate cost estimates for maintaining the median strip before approving the project.