Carroll commissioners shift focus to road projects in south

September 09, 2005|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

With the $76 million Hampstead bypass set for construction early next year, Carroll County officials are turning their state road building priorities south to the most populous area.

The commissioners have made the widening of Route 32 from Route 26 to Macbeth Way in Eldersburg the county's main construction project. The county has committed $2.5 million to the $5 million construction cost.

The commissioners also will urge the state to complete engineering and acquire any remaining land needed for upgrades along Route 26, the main artery through Eldersburg. The county has offered the state $1 million toward the cost of enhancing this corridor.

County officials will make another pitch for widening Route 32 to four lanes from Route 26 to Interstate 70 in Howard County.

The Maryland Department of Transportation asks for the priority list during the annual visit to the county. During the Sept. 28 meeting, the commissioners also will ask for improvements to Route 140 in Westminster and at Route 91 in Finksburg and will revive efforts to build a Manchester bypass.

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