Realignment of new road OK'd in Union Bridge

March 21, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission approved yesterday the realignment of a new county road intended to get heavy trucks off Main Street in Union Bridge.

Many town residents attended a public hearing last month on the new Shepherd's Mill Road, but no one spoke against the project or submitted written objections before the planning commission vote yesterday.

The original road alignment was closer to town and was included in a 1999 plan for the Union Bridge area. The route was shifted slightly when the project was expanded to include a rail spur - a Maryland Midland Railway line to remove freight trains from the small town's downtown.

The state in 1999 granted $3.5 million toward the $5.5 million road-and-rail project, with the rest of the cost to be borne by local government and private industry. The completion date is 2003.

According to the plan, the 6,500-foot Shepherd's Mill Road will intersect state Route 75 (Green Valley Road) east of town.

Lehigh Portland Cement Co., which is building a $265 million plant expansion, plans an entrance on Quaker Hill Road so cement trucks heading east can bypass Main Street.

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