Panel prefers one-way streets to bypass near Corkran School GLEN BURNIE

April 16, 1993

Instead of building a controversial $3.1 million bypass near Corkran Middle School in Glen Burnie, the county should reroute traffic by making part of Thelma Avenue and Old Stage Road one way, a task force has advised County Executive Robert R. Neall.

The county has put on hold a 20-year-old plan Mr. Neall had dusted off to build the bypass starting in 1996. However, with many Brookfield-area residents livid and the county facing a budget crunch, Mr. Neall in February named about a dozen community residents to a panel to re-examine the area's traffic problems and possible solutions. He is not bound by the group's recommendations.

A child was struck by a car near the school in November, renewing calls to make the area safer. Many Thelma Avenue and Old Stage Road residents have complained that their mailboxes have been knocked down repeatedly by errant motorists.

The group favored a plan that would keep Old Stage Road two ways from Stewart Avenue to Washington Boulevard. But south of there, Old Stage Road would be one way southbound and eastbound as it sharply turns into Thelma Avenue.

Thelma would become two ways at the driveway to the fields near the school, continuing east to Quarterfield Road. The group recommends building a barricade where the one-way section starts.

The biggest benefit would be less traffic, especially in the morning, on Old Stage Road and Thelma Avenue -- a popular cut-though between Crain Highway and the BWI Airport area.

However, much of the traffic likely would use nearby roads, such as Roosevelt Avenue and Elizabeth Lane. Also, all mailboxes on the one-way section would have to be moved to the west and south sides of the roads, so some people would have to cross the street to get their mail.

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