August 8 is a day that will live in the Germantown history books as local officials and community members celebrated the completion of the 1.2-mile extension of Father Hurley Boulevard from Wisteria Drive to Germantown Road (Maryland Route 118) with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the bridge over the CSX tracks.
The $11 million extension is an important north-south link for Germantown communities separated by the CSX railroad tracks from the Town Center and the I-270 employment corridor.
County Executive Ike Leggett called it “a short road with a huge impact on the Germantown community.”
Also cutting the ribbon were many young residents, plus (from left in photo) community activist Susan Soderberg; Leggett; Father Leonard Hurley, the road’s namesake and founder of the Mother Seton Parish in Germantown; County Councilmember Craig Rice, representing District 2, accompanied by his two daughters; and program emcee Edgar Gonzalez, deputy director for Transportation Policy in the County’s Dept. of Transportation.
The new extension is a four-lane divided highway that includes the bridge over the railroad. Two retaining walls minimize impacts on adjacent properties. The project also includes an eight-foot wide bikeway along the west side of the road, a five-foot wide sidewalk on the east side, street lighting, stormwater management features, landscaping and reforestation.
POSTED AT: Friday, August 12, 2011 | 3:00:00 AM