All along, Erin Road resident Marlene Chenowith and about 300 of herclosest friends and neighbors wanted a simple intersection where Mineral Hill Road meets a barely begun Conan Doyle Way.
And all along, say she and other participants at a raucous public meeting over thecontroversial South Carroll intersection late last month, the countyhas ignored their pleas.
Now, three months, 12 traffic signs, a new traffic pattern and hundreds of complaints later, the county is set to do what area residents say they have wanted from the beginning -- build the intersection so that Mineral Hill Road remains open for two-way, non-stop traffic and put a stop sign on Conan Doyle Way.
"I will be out celebratingtonight," said Chenowith, who, with her husband, William, organized a door-to-door petition opposing the intersection. "This is exactly what we asked for, exactly what we wanted. I am very happy." The petition was signed by 313 people.
The original intersection was put inabout three months ago, when county planning and public works officials followed a 1977 master plan recommendation to make the unfinishedConan Doyle Way a main road between Route 32 and Route 26.
The intersection changed Mineral Hill from a two-lane, two-way street intoa one-way street for a portion of the intersection. Southbound travelers on Mineral Hill must veer right onto Conan Doyle, stop, then re-enter Mineral Hill.
That design, said county Permits and Regulations Director J. Michael Evans, is to be scrapped.
"We're looking atthe feasibility of the new proposal," Evans said. That proposal could end up being put in place within weeks, he said.
The new intersection -- which entails eliminating a small concrete median and blocking off portions of roadway -- would cost the county less than $100,000, Evans said.