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December 20, 2019

Frostburg Gateway receives $1.5 million through ARC

Credit: Cumberland Times-News, Brandon Glass

WASHINGTON — Federal representatives announced Thursday the allocation of $1.5 million to the city of Frostburg for the construction of the Frostburg Gateway, a circular roundabout set to replace a five-way intersection and improve connections between the city, Frostburg State University and Interstate 68.

“It’s in the design phase now,” Elizabeth Stahlman, the city’s administrator. “We hope we can go to construction between 2021-2022. It will make the area safer for pedestrians and drivers. We’re really grateful that the ARC saw the economic impact this roundabout can have on the community.”

The funding announcement, which is administered through the Appalachian Regional Commission, was made by U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Rep. David Trone.

 “I am committed to protecting public safety and working in the best interest of our businesses, students, and communities,” Trone said. “That’s why I’m happy to announce this investment, which will help the city of Frostburg continue to grow its economy for years to come.”

“We are very excited for this announcement,” Frostburg Mayor Robert Flanigan said in a press release. “ARC funding of this project makes the construction of the roundabout possible. Not only will it improve safety for pedestrians and vehicles, but the project is integral to other planned investment adjacent to the campus of Frostburg State University. This will be an example of how an infrastructure project can be transformative for a community.”