Governor says state will help rebuild 3 congested Howard Co. intersections

January 20, 1998|By Dana Hedgpeth and Craig Timberg | Dana Hedgpeth and Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF

Gov. Parris N. Glendening committed tens of millions of state dollars yesterday to help rebuild three congested Howard County intersections and said he may approve millions more to help turn Columbia's Smith farm into a park.

Getting the money for the intersections has been expected since last week. But no one has been sure about state funds for the Smith farm, a 300-acre parcel of undeveloped land in the heart of Columbia that became available with the death of its reclusive owner a year ago.

The governor made the announcements at a news conference at one of the targeted intersections -- Route 175 and Snowden River Parkway in east Columbia.

Glendening said the state's Program Open Space is the most likely source of funds for at least a portion of the estimated $8 million cost of the Smith farm.

He said he plans to decide by the end of the legislative session in early April.

In total, between $60 million and $85 million will be spent reconstructing the three intersections: Route 175 and Snowden River Parkway, U.S. 29 and Route 216, and U.S. 29 and Johns Hopkins Road.

The state will pay for half of the cost of the intersections.

Pub Date: 1/20/98

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