Panel to seek other bypass route Brookfield objects to bisecting area

February 11, 1993|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

A panel of Glen Burnie area residents is to join county officials to examine alternatives to the controversial $3.1 million bypass proposed for Old Stage Road and Thelma Avenue.

County Executive Robert R. Neall announced the plan at Tuesday night's Glen Burnie Improvement Association meeting, where several residents told him that the road the county plans to start building in 1996 would not enhance safety in the Brookfield neighborhood.

"I've walked the area and I'm concerned about the safety factor," Mr. Neall said. "I do think the status quo is unacceptable."

He added, however, that he wants to know what the alternatives would be and what they would cost. "I'm not looking for ways to spend three or four million dollars," he said.

Mr. Neall said he will make the decision by April 15 based on advice from the group of residents, county traffic engineers, planners and transportation officials. The deadline, he said, was dictated by the need to include money for road or other design work in the capital budget, which will be drafted then.

Most of the 10 people who asked to be on the committee oppose the bypass. Several said they were pleased to see that the plan, which would bisect their neighborhood, is being reconsidered.

Dawn Ways, whose Hollybrook Road house backs up to the proposed road, said she was coming away with a "warm feeling" about the creation of the panel. She asked to serve on it.

The county executive has asked Muriel Carter, president of the improvement association, to oversee the composition of the committee so that it has representatives from affected areas and people with differing views. After he receives the committee's recommendations, Mr. Neall said he would hold a hearing.

Old Stage Road and Thelma Avenue, lined with houses, form a shortcut used by more than 46,000 cars a week to cut between Crain Highway and Stewart Avenue, which leads to Baltimore-Washington International Airport, according to county traffic figures.

Last November, a child was struck by a car on Thelma Avenue near Corkran Middle School, prompting renewed community efforts to divert some traffic off the two neighborhood roads, which are connected by a sharp curve.

The road the county has offered to re-examine, and that the neighborhood has fought for two decades, would cut a diagonal to eliminate the sharp bend, where residents say cars skid. It would go approximately from the intersection of Stewart Avenue and Old Stage Road to Thelma Avenue and Elizabeth Lane, then continue along existing Thelma Avenue to Crain Highway.

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