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SHA presents New Windsor project to public, receives feedback

More than 50 New Windsor residents attended the State Highway Administration's public meeting on Thursday evening to discuss the proposed Community Safety and Enhancement Project along Md. 31 in the town.

The goals of the project are to improve the town's infrastructure, address public safety issues, beautify the area and make much-needed improvements to water and sewer facilities.

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Project Manager Sean Johnson said a majority of the project will be adding and replacing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant 5-foot sidewalks, which will be continuous throughout the length of the town. Another key part of the project is ensuring that traffic is slowed to make the area safer for visitors and residents.

"It will provide a better quality of life for those in the town," Johnson said.

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A roundabout will also be constructed at the intersection of Md. 31 and Church Street to ease traffic congestion into and out of New Windsor.

Mayor Neal Roop said the town's current sewer system is more than 100 years old and needs to be replaced.

Currently, the design phase is underway and is scheduled to be completed by the winter of 2016. The SHA is now investigating stormwater management options, identifying right-of-way needs and evaluating the impact the project could have on utilities. A timeline has not yet been set for construction to begin, Johnson said.

Some residents had concerns about the foliage in the town and whether the enlarged sidewalks might impact the amount of trees in New Windsor.

Johnson said beautifying the area under construction is part of the project, and the SHA will be looking for areas to plant trees. The SHA will take into consideration the genus of trees to be planted to ensure that they don't negatively affect the improved sidewalks in the future.

Others were concerned the SHA would not work in tandem with property owners who may be affected. Johnson said as they move forward with design, they will continue to work with the town and individual residents to negotiate a solution that will be satisfactory to all parties.

One resident said the east end of High Street, which is at the bottom of a hill, collects water at an alarming rate and needs to be addressed. Another objective of the project, Johnson said, is to provide drainage improvements to the construction area.

Johnson said other public meetings will be held to inform the residents of progress during all phases of the project.

Reach staff writer Wiley Hayes at 410-857-3315 or wiley.hayes@carrollcountytimes.com.

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