FROSTBURG — The city of Frostburg will use a $450,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant to develop the Braddock Road corridor, adding safety features and improving connections between Interstate 68, Frostburg State University and the city's downtown.
U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both D-Md., announced the grant last week.
Part of the project's focus will be where Braddock Road meets Park Avenue, Bowery Street and Alley 33.
"There could be safety improvements as well as aesthetic improvements that we are hoping to address with this project," Elizabeth Stahlman, Frostburg's director of economic development, said.
A new sidewalk and bike lanes from the Interstate 68 interchange to Main Street, new lighting and signage will also be part of the project.
Referred to as the Gateway to Frostburg, traffic taking Exit 33 from the interstate must travel Braddock Road in order to reach the city's Main Street. By upgrading the corridor, officials hope to maintain, as well as invite, economic development.
"It's going to be more attractive so maybe more people will want to invest in the community," Stahlman said.
Cardin said the project is a good investment.
"This is a smart federal investment in Frostburg's infrastructure," he said. "It will improve some of the area's most heavily used roads, allowing local economies and commerce to continue growing and serving Frostburg residents."
Officials estimate 64 new jobs will be created by the project.
"The fact that this investment will also create good-paying jobs in the area is an added bonus," Cardin said.