The state's plans to study the feasibility of building a road to connect Routes 32 and 97 in Howard County were canceled yesterday by the governor -- the third wish he has granted County Executive Elizabeth Bobo in this election year.
Ms. Bobo, a Democrat seeking re-election, had written Gov. William Donald Schaefer asking him to stop the study because the plan was creating an uproar among residents in the western part of the county.
State Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer, D-Howard and Montgomery counties, who also is engaged in a hotly contested campaign, joined Ms. Bobo in making the request.
The governor replied by letter yesterday that he was "stopping ++ the study, effective immediately."
It was the third time this year that he had come to Ms. Bobo's aid.
Earlier, she and other elected officials had complained about the State Highway Administration's plans to develop a truck stop off Interstate 95 in North Laurel. Governor Schaefer killed it. Next, Ms. Bobo and others complained that residents in an Elkridge neighborhood along I-95 were irate because plans for a noise barrier were delayed for several years because federal highway funds were drying up.
Last month, the governor found $400,000 in state money so the (( noise barrier could be built.