SYKESVILLE — County planners had good news and bad news for the town's Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday.
The good news was that the ObrechtRoad realignment project is expected to get county money and should be completed by the end of 1993.
The bad news was that the $2.4 million realignment -- which will link the road to Route 32 -- apparently won't improve traffic flow because of the expected impacts of two planned developments.
The proposed Shannon Run and Hawk Ridge Farm developments will bring 408 newhomes to the Obrecht Road area. The road will be bordered by the 103-acre Hawk Ridge Farm on the south, with 129-acre Shannon Run furthersouth.
The realignment is aimed at improving the situation that would exist if Obrecht Road were left to connect with Springfield Avenue, as it does now.
Slade S. McCalip, a county transportation planner, presented a preliminary report and said the projected 1995 service level will only go down as traffic increases.
The report gradedthe service level, with "A" corresponding to free flowing traffic, and "F" to poor flow.
"With the realignment of Obrecht Road, the completion of the proposed developments will lower the background levels of service at the intersection of Md. 32 and Sandusky/Raincliffe roads to unacceptable levels for both (morning and afternoon) peak periods," the report said.
"The intersection of Md. 32 and Obrecht Road will also have an unacceptable level of service during the p.m. peak period."
A table detailing the service level graded the intersection of Route 32 and Springfield Avenue a "D" in the morning and "E" in the afternoon with the development, but without the realignment. With the development and realignment, the service level was upgraded to "C" and "D," respectively.
"In five years there's going to be problems," McCalip said.
Fortunately, the town is aware of its problems and is taking steps to try to improve the situation, commission members said.
"The commission decided we had a transportation problem that's going to get worse in the next 10 years," Town Manager James L. Schumacher said.
The town wants developers to conduct a traffic study each time a new development is proposed in hopes of being able to provide adequate roads to accommodate the additional traffic volume.
Following discussion of the Obrecht Road study, Schumacher presented the commission with a resolution that would "require all developers/owners of commercial and residential development plans to submit a traffic study as prescribed by the Sykesville Planning Commission for the preliminary and/or final plan and phases thereof."
Butcommission Chairman Jonathan Herman questioned how an equitable system for such requirements would be set up.
The resolution will be studied and discussed further at the commission's May meeting.