Congestion traffic chief's 1st target

April 08, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Steven C. Horn begins work today as Carroll's senior transportation planner, a job that will take him to the county's busiest highways and intersections.

Mr. Horn, a county employee for 5 1/2 years, was promoted to the position after Rob Yingling left several months ago for a job with the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Mr. Horn, 32, had been a county planner responsible for helping New Windsor, Union Bridge and Westminster with planning activities.

"He really has exhibited a lot of leadership and planning skills," said K. Marlene Conaway, the county's assistant planning director.

In his new position, Mr. Horn will be involved in one of the county's most pressing issues -- alleviating traffic congestion.

He said he will work to get a Route 30 bypass for Hampstead and Manchester.

"We need a bypass around Hampstead and Manchester," he said. "Their main streets aren't pedestrian friendly.

"The county and towns should do what they have to do to get that thing built," he said.

The bypass, which would divert traffic off Route 30, has been planned for about 30 years. The towns have protected land for the road from development, he said.

Westminster also has protected land for its bypass, which would begin south of the city near Reese Road and reconnect to Route 140 near Hughes Shop Road.

The state is reviewing the plan and looking at alternative routes, Mr. Horn said. The state also will study whether it would be better to make improvements to Route 140, he said.

Mr. Horn is confident that the state will conclude that the proposed bypass is the best route. Improving Route 140 "would be more or less a Band-Aid approach that would be a short-term solution to a long-term problem," he said.

Asked about Commissioner Donald I. Dell's proposal to extend Interstate 795 through Carroll, Mr. Horn said he has not had a chance to study that plan yet.

As part of his new job, Mr. Horn will supervise a staff of three that is drafting the county's first transportation master plan.

He will supervise transportation planners Slade S. McCalip and Paige Sunderland and commuter transportation coordinator Darlene DeMario.

The planners are studying how the county's road network operates now, he said.

As part of their work, they are counting the number of vehicles that use busy intersections.

One intersection that will be "a hot spot" is at Routes 26 and 32 in Eldersburg, Mr. Horn said. Planners will study how to keep traffic moving more smoothly there during rush hours.

Before coming to Carroll, Mr. Horn worked for Street Traffic Studies Limited, a Baltimore traffic consulting company, and a similar company in Cincinnati.

The Westminster resident has earned 36 of the 54 academic credits he needs for a graduate degree in city and regional planning.

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