Manchester mayor expresses hope for a bypass around Main Street

September 09, 1998|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Manchester Mayor Elmer C. Lippy Jr. told the Town Council last night that there may be new hope for a Manchester bypass to eliminate Main Street congestion.

He urged Town Council members last night to attend a meeting with state transportation officials when they visit the town this month.

Last summer, the town was told the bypass, shown on county maps for years, had been eliminated from the state's plans.

But Lippy said there is new hope for the road.

"We hope it's going along," Lippy said, "but it's no longer called the Manchester bypass: Now, it's Route 30 relocated.

"I know I'm paranoid, but I felt there was something ominous in their calling it that. We're going all out to make this bypass a reality, if not in my day, certainly in you youngsters'," Lippy told the council.

Republican Del. Joseph M. Getty has arranged a visit to the town by state Department of Transportation officials Sept. 23.

"There's an annual tour the state Department of Transportation makes where the secretary and high-level administrators go to every county," Getty said earlier yesterday. "I worked with Mayor Lippy in inviting the DOT officials, after their meeting with the county officials and the legislative delegation, to come to Manchester and talk to the mayor and Town Council."

Lippy said he hopes to show state officials the congestion at rush hour. "We hope it will open their eyes, but we're afraid it will fall on deaf ears. I'm afraid the general philosophy now is against bypasses.

"It's important that all of you that can, come and listen to Joe Getty go through the history, listen to our valid arguments and xTC the county planning and zoning arguments. They are 100 percent in favor of the Manchester bypass," Lippy said.

When a combined bypass for the towns of Manchester and Hampstead was planned during the 1980s, he said, the projected cost was about $35 million. Today, he said, the estimate is about $70 million -- for Manchester alone. A bypass for Hampstead has won for planning and engineering approval.

The town also might seek a federal Transportation Equity Act grant for public sidewalks, curbs and gutters, Lippy said.

In other town business, Philip L. Arbaugh was sworn in as town manager.

Arbaugh, 50, a college professor and retired elementary school principal, officially started yesterday but has been working since Aug. 24.

In his first official report to the council, Arbaugh said the town is awaiting a county appraisal of the land where the town has struck water.

Pub Date: 9/09/98

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