County staff members and representatives from the State Highway Administration met with the commissioners last week to go over transportation priorities for Frederick County.
Transportation projects tend to develop slowly, so many of the items on the county priorities list were carried over from earlier years.
The overall top priority remains widening U.S. 15 between I-70 and Md. 26.
However, three key changes were made possible by state funding.
Planners secured construction funding for the U.S. 15, Monocacy Boulevard interchange and a streetscape project on Main Street (Md. 144) in New Market.
Streetscapes generally involve improving or adding sidewalks and upgrading roadways to make them more navigable.
Funding was also available for the design of another streetscape project on Jefferson Pike (Md. 180).
Meeting participants also brought up the possibility of a streetscape project in Libertytown. County commissioners agreed to add it to the priorities list.
Delegate Kathy Afzali, R-District 4A, was at Thursday's meeting with constituents from Libertytown. She thanked the board for adding the project to the list.
"It's your job to get the money. If not, it's all your fault," Commissioners President Blaine Young joked in response.
The county will make that project eligible for state funding by adding it to its priority list next winter, engineering supervisor Ron Burns said.
"The streetscape is the best bet. There are serious safety issues," Afzali said. "I think it's going to make a huge difference and an impact on the town."
Russ Gallagher, a Libertytown resident, urged the commissioners to reconsider a plan that included a bypass in Libertytown. He said the streetscape project would not be enough to solve the area's traffic problem.
Others were pleased that the board considered any kind of solution.
"I'm happy because I'm hearing the name (Libertytown) being mentioned," Lisa Kokal, a resident, said after the meeting.
Transit priorities will include a plan to let buses ride on the shoulder at certain times to alleviate traffic.
Alderwoman Carol Krimm asked that the board consider funding more peak service on transit route 80, which runs along Opossumtown Pike and near Frederick Community College.
Young said that he hoped the City of Frederick would be able to share funding responsibility for any increased service.
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