(8/31) Dennis Superczynski, a Frederick County planner and Thurmont
resident, presented town officials Tuesday with reasons why they should place
the design for an ‘‘industrial parkway" in the town’s master plan.
He argued that since the town and county are updating their respective
long-term growth plans, the time is right to place such a project on the books
to ask for county money later.
An industrial parkway is essentially a bypass around town so truck traffic
does not have to drive through downtown.
During the summer, county planning staff prepares a report for county
commissioners, who then discuss and debate the results, and make a final
decision sometime in the late fall, he said.
After the final decision is made, the county submits the report to Maryland
Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan, who has influence over whether the
state will fund the project.
The state invests around $100 million a year in Frederick County,
‘‘This Thurmont bypass would be a fairly expensive project," Superczynski
Mayor Martin Burns said that he knows Middletown has been working on getting
a bypass for decades, but towns have to start somewhere.
‘‘Even if it’s not this particular project, let’s look at the problem of
industrial [traffic]," Superczynski said.
Commissioner Bill Blakeslee, who is liaison to the town’s business and
economic development committee, said he agreed that ‘‘it’s time to get
started," and would pursue the project in his role as liaison to the committee.