Traffic light, sidewalk urged for Dorsey Road widening plan

April 07, 1993|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

Glen Burnie residents are asking the State Highway Administration to redo the planned widening of a short strip of Dorsey Road near Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, fearing the current proposal would only make matters worse.

"It's dangerous now, and it would be more dangerous" when the Central Light Rail station near that intersection opens in July, said Muriel Carter, president of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association.

The community asked the state last week to add a sidewalk on the north side of Dorsey Road, between Central Avenue and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, and install a traffic signal at Central Avenue.

The state plans to widen Dorsey Road from Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard (Route 648) west to Central Avenue, about 600 feet. The Highway Administration will add a second left-turn lane from Dorsey Road onto Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard to move traffic toward Cromwell Station, the end of the southern light rail line. An additional 10 feet on the south side of Dorsey Road would be paved for a hiker-biker path that would connect to the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail Park's northern tip.

The rail station and Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School are on the northern side of Dorsey Road. Sawmill Creek Park and the Pascal Senior Center are on the opposite side. People walk on both sides of the road.

"We would certainly advocate a light" at Central Avenue and Dorsey Road, said Arthur Slade Principal Janice McIntosh.

Negotiating the busy intersection, with its right-on-red and slight incline, can challenge pedestrians. Two students from Arthur Slade, which sits almost at the intersection, were struck by a car earlier this year as they crossed Dorsey Road (Route 176) at nearby Central Avenue.

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