HAGERSTOWN, MD - Seventeen thousand cars travel on Robinwood Drive near Meritus Medical Center and Hagerstown Community College everyday, and for several weeks now, drivers have been going through the county's Robinwood Drive Project.
The Deputy Director of Public Works, Robert Slocum, held an informational meeting at the college Tuesday. He says, "In addition to future expansion and the ability for traffic to get through in the future, it's to accommodate traffic that's already there."
The $8 million project will create four lanes between the hospital and the college, with a roundabout at HCC's entrance. A median will also be added to many parts of the road. Slocum says a new sidewalk will span the entire road between the hospital and the college.
"There will be a walkway all the way from one end of the project to another after we're done," says Slocum. "There will be crossing at the roundabout for all pedestrians to get off Robinwood from HCC."
Slocum says this is all part of a grander scheme to totally redevelop the area and promote growth, with other works like the Yale Drive Project.
Right now the project is in the first phase. The third and final phase is expected to be completed by early 2015.
The area projects are being funded through the county, state and federal government.