Bill would keep Trotter Rd. from becoming thoroughfare

September 27, 1992|By Mark Guidera | Mark Guidera,Staff Writer

A story in Sunday's Howard County Sun incorrectly characterized the second option in County Council Chairman Paul Farragut's proposal for dealing with increased traffic on Trotter Road.

The option would require that the new road servicing the Pointers Run subdivision intersect with Trotter Road and continue west to a planned road scheduled to run parallel to Trotter Road. This arrangement would allow traffic from the Village of River Hill in Columbia to use Route 32.

Mr. Farragut said he plans to introduce the legislation Nov. 2; a public hearing would be held Nov. 16.

The Sun regrets the errors.

County Council Chairman Paul Farragut says he'll proposlegislation in November to make sure Trotter Road doesn't become a thoroughfare between routes 32 and 108 as new residents move into neighborhoods in River Hill, Columbia's 10th and final village.


Mr. Farragut's proposal will include two options.

Under one plan, the road could be made to dead end just north of a scheduled realignment of Route 32. The state has already scheduled construction to upgrade Route 32, beginning next summer. The project would be completed in three years.

An alternative calls for building a new road from Pointers Run, one River Hill neighborhood east of Trotter Road near Route 32.

The proposed road would cross Trotter Road and connect with another road planned for traffic flowing in and out of the west side of River Hill, providing two intersections with the upgraded Route 32.

Mr. Farragut, who met with about 125 area residents Thursday night, said he will offer the dead-end option for discussion, but fears if it were approved, all traffic in and out of the new village would be forced to use the intersection of Trotter Road and Route 108 near Clarksville.

Although some residents of 66 existing Trotter Road homes favor making the road a dead end, Mr. Farragut said county fire, police and rescue officials are concerned that closing the road could hinder response times in emergencies.

Also, during severe storms, residents living near a creek that crosses the road could become isolated.

Some area residents are concerned that if Trotter Road were made a dead end, students attending Pointers Run Elementary would be transferred to Clarksville Elementary because the county school board has a policy of not transporting students past one elementary school to attend another.

The road closure could result in some Pointers Run students having to ride buses north on Trotter Road to Route 108, where Clarksville Elementary is located.

"After digesting all of the information over many months of community meetings, I'm convinced that connecting [a new road] and Trotter Road is the best option.

Traffic research shows that people generally travel to the nearest major connector road to get where they are going," said Mr. Farragut.

The councilman said he expects the legislation to be formally presented Nov. 2 or Nov. 16.

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