A $3.5 million State Highway Administration project in Emmitsburg will begin in April, SHA officials said at a Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night.

The project will improve areas along Main Street from Creamery Road to Timbermill Run, including implementing a town square concept at the intersection at Seton Avenue, according to a presentation at the meeting. Residents can expect temporary sidewalk closings, on-street parking restrictions and temporary lane closings while the project is underway.

State Highway Administration officials said they will coordinate with property owners to minimize inconvenience and provide advance notice of any closings.

The intersection of Main Street (Md. 140) and Seton Avenue (U.S. 15) is expected to be closed on two weekends this year for water line work on North Seton Avenue, according to the presentation.

The project includes reconstructing and constructing sidewalks and Americans with Disabilities Act ramps, installing crosswalks and resurfacing the intersection. Construction should be complete by the summer of 2018.

The new crosswalks will be brick. Changes to the intersection also include a reconfiguration of parking, a reconstruction of curbs and gutters and the traffic signal, improved draining of parking bays, resurfacing and new landscaping.

Trees will be replaced along Main Street. Compact flowering trees will replace Bradford pears. Scarlet oak and Rotundiloba sweetgum trees will be planted where space allows.

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