New WMC traffic plan would mean fewer intersections CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

November 09, 1992|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

The 21st century will bring a different traffic pattern to Western Maryland College, fewer campus intersections along Pennsylvania Avenue and possibly better visibility on West Main Street opposite the college.

Edgar Sell, WMC's physical plant director, detailed the college's long-range traffic plans Friday for a Westminster task force working with the State Highway Administration on reconstruction plans for parts of Pennsylvania Avenue and West Main Street.

"One of the major problems on campus is all the different routes you can take to get to the campus," Mr. Sell told the West Main Street-Pennsylvania Avenue task force.

Reconstruction of Pennsylvania Avenue from the intersection of Union Street to the city line is to begin in 1994.

The West Main Street project is budgeted only for design studies.

For Pennsylvania Avenue, Mr. Sell said, college officials want to build a loop road opposite Sullivan Road at the college golf course.

Other entrances to the campus from Pennsylvania Avenue would be closed.

The loop road would cross the campus to the entrance off West Main Street at Levine Hall. Plans also call for retaining an entrance off West Main Street at Winslow Center near the athletic fields.

College officials would like to increase visibility for pedestrians crossing West Main Street from the admissions building to the main campus by having the state lower the crown of the hill by about 4 feet, Mr. Sell said.

Task force members raised questions about how to preserve old trees along both streets, which would be widened in the reconstruction.

Member Jackie Finch, a West Main Street resident, urged the group to move utility poles from West Main Street to alleys parallel to the street on each side.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokesman Frank Wanken, a member of the task force, said relocating utility poles is costly for the project sponsors. Relocation would require homeowners to pay for new wiring to create electrical connections at the rear of their houses, Mr. Wanken said.

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