State weighs Route 100 extension options Minimal damage to wetlands sought

November 18, 1992|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,Staff Writer

The State Highway Administration unveiled four alternatives yesterday for the portion of Route 100 to be built between Route 104 and Interstate 95.

Options A, B, C and D are intended to minimize wetlands problems unforeseen in the alignment the highway agency agreed to in 1989.

That alignment called for a six-lane divided highway from U.S. 29 to I-95. It would have gone between Hunt Country Estates and the village of Montgomery Run and continue, just north of the Maryland School for the Deaf, to I-95.

The proposed Option A takes a northern shift above the 1989 alignment, closer to Hunt Country Estates. This option would displace six residences -- three more than the 1989 alignment -- and affect four farms -- one less than the 1989 alignment. The first option would use about 106 acres overall and cost $56 million to $60 million. It would affect 21 acres of forests and 11 acres of wetlands.

Option B takes a southern shift below the 1989 alignment, closer to the Maryland School for the Deaf. It displaces two fewer homes than Option A but affects one more farm. Option B would require about 105 acres and cost between $59.5 million and $62.5 million. It would impact three fewer acres of wetlands than Option A, but one more acre of forests.

Option C has the same northern shift toward Hunt Country Estates as Option A, but makes a slight southern shift from the 1989 alignment between Old Montgomery Road and Interstate 95.

This option would affect four farms and displace 10 houses -- the most of any of the four options. It would cost between $57.5 million

and $61 million, and take about 111 acres overall, including nine acres of wetlands and 29 acres of forests.

Option D has the same southern shift toward the Maryland School for the Deaf as Option B and the same southern shift between Old Montgomery Road and Interstate 95 as Option C. It would cost $59.5 million to $62.5 million, displace eight homes, and affect five farms. It would have the least impact on wetlands, affecting only seven acres, but like Option C, would have a high impact on forests, affecting 29 acres.

Highway officials say the state has no preference yet. They presented the alternatives yesterday to prepare residents for a Dec. 1 public hearing at Howard High School.

Among scores of residents at the open house were Trish and Joe Annelli. "We were completely ignored," Ms. Annelli said. The Annellis are concerned about how a proposed interchange at Route 103 and U.S. 29 would affect their Wheatfields neighborhood.

Kathryn Mann, associate administrator of the village of Long Reach, said she is concerned about what will happen to Phelps Luck Drive while the Snowden River Parkway interchange is being built.

"I'm concerned about the traffic," she said. "The main thing is getting something built before the traffic comes to Phelps Luck Drive."

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