The Hampstead and Manchester bypasses have "made the first cut" in a long-term plan for alleviating traffic problems in the Hanover Pike corridor, said Harvey S. Bloom, director of transportation planning for the Baltimore Metropolitan Council.
But Mr. Bloom, who presented preliminary findings of the Hanover Pike Task Force at a meeting last night in Manchester, )) said the bypasses may not ever be funded.
"At this time, I'm not prepared to say 'no' or 'yes' " on the bypasses, he said.
The task force has been studying traffic problems and development projections along Route 30 and Pennsylvania Route 94 for 1 1/2 years.
Mr. Bloom said the task force was "no longer doing wish-list planning," but is looking at affordable, environmentally sound solutions to traffic problems that can be achieved within 20 years.
He said the task force did not feel that large capital expenditures, such as the proposed extension of I-795 through Carroll County, were likely.
The task force recommended that communities along Hanover Pike should form another task force to examine local short-term strategies such as park-and-ride lots and employer-sponsored car pooling programs to solve traffic problems.
Mr. Bloom said the corridor is environmentally sensitive because Route 30 straddles the boundary between the Liberty, Pretty Boy and Loch Raven drainage areas, and because the Baltimore area is among the top 10 worst air-quality areas in the country.
Air-quality and highway-project laws require local governments to develop long-term transportation plans, he said.
To no one's surprise, the task force found that the main bottlenecks and high-accident zones on Hanover Pike occur in Hampstead, Manchester, and Hanover.
According to data presented by Jack Anderson, a Baltimore Metropolitan Council program consultant, the population in the Carroll section of the corridor will grow from 16,314 in 1980 to 30,210 by the year 2010.
Traffic volumes along some parts of Route 30 have doubled between 1980 and 1992.