Widening of Obrecht Road approved SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

November 11, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

The Sykesville Town Council approved Fairhaven's plan to widen Obrecht Road at Norris Avenue.

Owners of the retirement home will widen the intersection to accommodate increased traffic from the 126-bed Copper Ridge facility, which it plans to complete in 1995. The road project will cost $18,775.

"The county reviewed and approved the plan and our public works agreement," said Town Manager James Schumacher at Monday's council meeting. "The town Planning Commission also recommends it."

Approval is contingent on Fairhaven's presenting a letter of credit and deeds granting a further right of way to the town.

"They will deed all rights of ways on Obrecht Road to the town, in case there's a need for further widening in the future," said Mr. Schumacher.

Contractors for Copper Ridge will add seven feet to the width of a several-hundred-yard stretch of Obrecht Road to bring the road into alignment with Hawks Ridge Farm development. The widening will allow a left-turn lane into Fairhaven property.

Results of a recent traffic study show about 60 cars an hour pass through the intersection at peak hours and about 250 total trips per day.

The planned entrance, which will be landscaped to meet county guidelines, will be closed from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. During those hours, visitors and employees would have to use Fairhaven's main entrance.

"We have no problems with the plan," said Councilman Jonathan Herman. "Fairhaven has done a good job and gone much beyond the county requirements."

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