WASHINGTON — U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded Washington County an additional grant for $400,000 to complete construction of an access road to the Mt. Aetna Technology Park. The grant will be used to widen approximately .61 miles of Yale Drive to four lanes as part of the project to extend Yale Drive from its current terminus to Scholar Drive on the campus of Hagerstown Community College (HCC)
“The Mt. Aetna Technology Park development will be an economic anchor for Washington County and will bring approximately 2,000 new jobs in the over the next 15 years to the area,” said Senator Cardin. “This ARC grant is providing important funding to complete Yale drive and get the infrastructure that is needed in place so that the project can move forward.”
“This grant is about jobs in Western Maryland,” Senator Mikulski said. “The completion of this access road will help Washington County attract new high-tech businesses, jobs and economic development to the region.”
Yale Drive will provide much needed access to the 173-acre Mt. Aetna Tech Park and additional access points to the HCC campus. This funding will bring ARC’s contribution to $1.2 million for the project. Washington County is providing $2.3 million to the project, for a total cost of $3.5 million once completed.