Cumberland Times-News

Local News

December 4, 2012

Baltimore Avenue to undergo extensive renovation

Paving, widening of road expected to begin in summer

CUMBERLAND — A limited makeover of Baltimore Avenue will be expanded to a more extensive project thanks to the infusion of additional funding, said John DiFonzo, Cumberland’s director of engineering.

DiFonzo delivered an update to the project at the regular meeting of the Cumberland Mayor and City Council on Tuesday.

The Baltimore Avenue improvements project has gained additional funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission and a Community Development Block Grant.

Although the city had bond money available, the failure of an Allegany College entrance project freed up $937,000 in ARC funds.

“After the new entrance to Allegany College was not able to move forward,” said DiFonzo, “Baltimore Avenue has become a much better project.”

The added funding will allow for updates that include the intersection of Front Street and Baltimore Avenue, Henderson Avenue all the way to Glenn St. and the widening of the “narrow section” of Baltimore Avenue, DiFonzo said.

Initial bond money was only going to allow for the milling off of the road, adding waterlines, then patching and paving, DiFonzo said.

“We would not have been able to do this with just the bond money,” said DiFonzo.

The project was upgraded after property was obtained along the steep side of Baltimore Avenue, which will receive a new retaining wall and a widening of 5 to 6 feet.

The project will also include funding for handicapped accessible sidewalks through money from the community development grant.

“A fair amount of money was needed to improve the handicapped access,” said DiFonzo.

Traffic will be forced to become one-way during the work.

“Traffic will be temporarily one-way from Baltimore Avenue at Henderson all the way out to Marion,” DiFonzo said.

DiFonzo said that making Baltimore Avenue one-way during construction, with Interstate 68 being used as the detour, is the best way to handle traffic during construction.

“We did this on Virginia Avenue with wonderful success,” said DiFonzo.

Council member Nick Scarpelli echoed the sentiment.

“We had no disruption during that,” Scarpelli said.

“If it were two-way it would be a mess,” said DiFonzo. “We will have flagmen and signs to help direct people around the equipment.”

 “I wanted to do this in the 80’s,” said DiFonzo. “We just didn’t have the funding. I think it’s going to be a noticeable improvement that I think we are going to be proud to have done” he said.

 “The design work by EADS of Somerset is complete and the State Highway Administration is reviewing the plans now,” DiFonzo said.

“We will bid it in February or March and hope to award it and begin the work in the summer.

The project is not expected to be finished until 2014.

Greg Larry can be contacted at

Text Only
Local News
  • Easter experience Easter experience

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Game on: City interested in baseball study

    After it looked like the objection of a couple of constituents to a study on the feasibility of bringing a minor league baseball team to the area may have torpedoed the thought, county commissioners and some city officials sounded ready to sing a chorus of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on Thursday.

    April 18, 2014

  • DEREK SHEELY Charges against helmet maker stand in case of Frostburg player’s death

    A Montgomery County judge this week declined to dismiss charges against a helmet manufacturer in a case brought by the parents of a Frostburg State University football player who died of head injuries in August 2011 following four straight days of heavy contact drills in practice.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • GAYLE MANCHIN W.Va. BOE president speaks on issues at WVSDB

    West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin responded to issues at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind during an interview with the Times-News Wednesday morning.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • REGINALD REDMAN Moorefield man jailed on felony drug count

    A Moorefield man was arrested on various charges Thursday, including a felony drug offense for possession of amphetamines, according to the Keyser Police Department.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blossoming optimism Blossoming optimism

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds

    After you drive Alexander and Furnace streets then navigate a couple of switchbacks on Cemetery Road, you’d figure there would be no more uphill.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Proposed county budget holds most agencies flat

    After taking into account an income tax shortfall, Allegany County Finance Director Jason Bennett said he’ll propose a budget that holds most outside agencies to flat funding and funds the Board of Education at what county officials say are maintenence of effort levels for 2015.

    April 17, 2014

  • RYAN WOLF Wolf named 2014-15 Garrett Teacher of the Year

    Southern Garrett High School teacher Ryan Wolf has been named the 2014-15 Garrett County Teacher of the Year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock

    While giving a civics lesson at Frostburg State University on Thursday, U.S. Rep. John Delaney, congressman from Maryland’s sixth district, told students that the polarization in Congress is due primarily to redistricting and a poorly designed Congressional schedule.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
News related video
Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Obama: 8 Million Healthcare Signups Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners