No barricade will block the entrance to Old Fallston Road at Route 152 after all.
The County Council voted 4-3 Tuesday to keep open the one-tenth of a mile of road connecting Route 152 with Carrs Mill Road, where Fallston High School sits.
The closing was supported by Harford's Department of Public Works, which said too many cars, most traveling above the posted 25 mph speed limit, had disrupted residents.
Louis Sagi and other residents of the street approached the county this year about building a barricade -- in the form of a cul-de-sac -- at the end of their one-way street, which has only one entrance at Route 152.
"All we want is a nice, quiet residential street with no trafficcoming down here," said Mr. Sagi in an August interview. "Our quality of life is being affected."
Residents of the street argued their point in a public hearing that lasted several hours.
But four council members rejected their arguments, saying they did not warrant closing a public thoroughfare. The stretch of Old Fallston Road, which is one-way, is often used as a shortcut to avoid the traffic light at Route 152and Carrs Mill Road.
Councilman Robert S. Wagner, R-District E, said he voted to keep the road open because he felt excessive traffic and speeding could be better dealt with using other methods such as speed traps.
Councilman Barry T. Glassman, R-District D and a volunteer fireman, said he favored keeping the road open because of concerns for public safety. William Reinecke, the Fallston Volunteer Fire Department chief, has said he feared closing the road would slow the response time of firefighters going to the nearby station house.
Councilwoman Joanne S. Parrott, R-District B, and Council President Jeffrey D. Wilson also voted to keep the road open. Councilwoman Susan B. Heselton, R-District A, Councilwoman Theresa M. Pierno, D-District D, and Councilman Philip J. Barker, D-District F, voted to close the road.