County to request money for bypass from state again As...


August 23, 2002

County to request money for bypass from state again

As it has for the past several years, Carroll County will ask the state for money to build the Hampstead bypass. The $40 million, six-mile route tops a list of nine highway projects county officials will request at the annual Consolidated Transportation Program Tour tentatively set for Oct. 30 in Westminster.

The next most pressing project would be improvements to Route 30 in Manchester north of Hampstead. The state eliminated Manchester's bypass three years ago, saying it would promote sprawl.

"Once the Hampstead bypass is in place, Manchester will be severely impacted," said Jeanne Joiner, county director of planning. Other requests include improvements to Routes 26 and 32 in Eldersburg, and to Routes 140 and 97 in Westminster.

County awaiting word from state on heroin center

Carroll County will have to wait at least a year before it can build a nearly $4 million residential treatment center for heroin addicts.

The county has applied for $1.8 million from the state and probably will not know until spring if the application wins approval, said Larry L. Leitch, director of Carroll's Health Department. The money would become available after July 1.

The county has budgeted $1.8 million as its share of the cost for the 24-bed center, which will be built on a 5-acre parcel adjoining Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville. Heroin abuse has been increasing in the county since 1999 and the county has no long-term treatment available, Leitch said.

"Substance abuse treatment is a priority with the state and we feel they will look at our project as worthwhile. Our problem now is where to put these young substance abusers," said Leitch. "We don't want to put them in jail, where they will get little or no treatment."

Carroll Transit would use funds to begin bus route

Carroll Transit has requested $74,400 from the state to begin a bus route from Eldersburg to Westminster and $53,500 for a new bus.

"The state has told us we will get the money, if federal dollars come through for Maryland," said Lori Webster, Carroll's grants specialist.

The transit company keeps three buses running throughout Eldersburg now. The new bus would run every hour between South Carroll and the county seat and would make several stops at key locations in both areas.

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