HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) — The Washington County Community Coalition is ramping up its lobbying efforts in Annapolis.

The coalition is looking to hire a lobbyist to help advocate for the state-level agenda during the 2022 Maryland general assembly.

They say their biggest effort will be lobbying for the widening of the I-81 corridor.

“There’s a lot of truck traffic and it increases every single day, and we think it’s a safety issue. We think it’s an economic development issue, and we really would love to see 1-81 widened,” said Paul Frey, president of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

The coalition is asking for the city of Hagerstown to contribute $5,000 as it did last year.