Downtown wants less truck with trucks

Mayor hopes to build road to ease traffic headaches on streets


January 30, 2001|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF

Thousands of trucks travel through the center of Taneytown every year on their way to the city's major employers, such as Flowserve Corp. and Evapco Inc.

Tonight at Taneytown's annual town meeting with Carroll County commissioners, Taneytown Mayor Henry C. Heine will speak with commissioners about his hopes to reroute that traffic away from downtown by building a new road.

Heine said he hopes the county, with the State Highway Administration and local businesses, will help the city pay for construction of a road between Allendale Lane and Antrim Boulevard. The road would allow traffic to reach Route 140 from Route 194 without going through downtown.

Building the $2.75 million connector also would open up a 40-plus-acre parcel of industrial land that is landlocked, Heine added.

In 1998, more than 17,000 tractor-trailers from Evapco Inc. and Flowserve Corp. traveled through Tanytown's downtown, according to Nancy B. McCormick, Taneytown's economic development coordinator.

Also on tonight's agenda are two other projects among Taneytown's economic development commission's initiatives for this year. They include:

A study to determine the feasibility of extending natural gas lines into Taneytown. Because the city does not have natural gas, its 230 acres of industrial land are not included in the county's tally, Heine said.

"Unless we get natural gas, they don't seem to think that it's a viable piece of property," he said. "The lack of natural gas in Taneytown is not a problem. The problem is, `How do we get the gas to Taneytown?'"

Heine said the city is uncertain where the gas would be obtained, or whether a customer base exists.

The potential annexation of a 160-acre parcel of county land south of the city that Taneytown hopes to develop into a golf course community that would include an 18-hole golf course and single-family homes, condominiums and apartments.

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