Speeding traffic poses danger for pupils County plans changes to Broken Land Parkway Hopes to make the road safer EAST COLUMBIA

December 15, 1992|By Adam Sachs | Adam Sachs,Staff Writer

Now that the county has taken over the new Broken Land rTC Parkway from The Rouse Co., it plans changes to make the road safer, said the county traffic engineering chief.

"We're in the process of fixing it," said C. Edward Walter, traffic engineering division chief.

The county agreed that it would assume ownership of the road after The Rouse Co. realigned and expanded the parkway, said Mr. Walter. Broken Land Parkway, which used to link with Owen Brown Road, now connects at a ramp interchange with Route 29.

The Oakland Mills village board has written to Department of Public Works Director James Irvin expressing residents' concerns about traffic problems with the new Broken Land Parkway, which was expanded from two lanes to six lanes south of Route 29 in Oakland Mills.

It is difficult to see lane markings on the expanded portion of the parkway around Cradlerock Way and Stevens Forest Road, wrote village board chairman Albert J. Dunn.

Mr. Walter said the county plans to install raised pavement markers with reflectors, at an estimated cost of $6,000.

Also, making left turns onto the parkway from Stevens Forest Road has caused confusion, the letter says. The confusion is caused because the intersection now is so wide, about 56 yards from the street islands on each end of Stevens Forest Road across the parkway, said Mr. Walter.

To solve that problem, the county plans to extend the street islands further into the intersection. Traffic engineers also plan to install left-turn lights for motorists turning from Stevens Forest Road.

Also, engineers plan to add a second left-turn lane in each direction on Broken Land Parkway at Stevens Forest Road to keep traffic flowing at the light, at an estimated cost of $5,000 to $10,000, Mr. Walter said. The parkway would be five lanes wide at the intersection if an additional left-turn lane is constructed.

The county also is working with the owners of the Stevens Forest Exxon station to reduce the height of an embankment to improve site distance for cars turning south on the parkway from Stevens Forest Road west, said Mr. Walter. Now, right turns on red are prohibited.

The redesigned Broken Land Parkway has brought increased traffic into Oakland Mills via Stevens Forest Road. The route is an alternative to entering the village from the north on Thunderhill Road.

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