Sidewalks to be made accessible, Main Street paving to follow

by Geoff Fox

The sidewalks in Hancock will soon be getting an upgrade from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway administration.

According to Media Relations Manager for MDOT SHA Charlie Gischlar, the project is currently being prepared for upgrades to make the sidewalks meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rules in Hancock, Boonsboro and Sharpsburg.

“This work is expected to begin in a few weeks and will be complete by August,” Gischlar said in an email.

Once the ADA sidewalk work is complete, paving will take place on MD 144 (Main Street).

Gischlar didn’t have any precise dates for any of the work.

Gischlar did say the contracts for both the sidewalk project and resurfacing project are open.

The contract for the ADA upgrades to the sidewalks was awarded to Priority Construction, Inc. of Silver Spring for $1.2 million.

Resurfacing of the entire Main Street includes the milling, paving and striping. The contract was awarded to P&W Excavating, Inc. of McConnellsburg for $3.9 million.

The cost not only includes Main Street in Hancock, but also MD 63 from US 40 to MD 58 (Greencastle Pike) in Cearfoss, MD 63 from French Lane to south of US 40 (Greencastle Pike), MD 63 from Williamsport to Transportation Circle (Greencastle Pike), and MD 57 from US 40 to MD 494 (St. Paul Road).