Traffic proposal to be studied for one year GLEN BURNIE

April 28, 1993|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

Anne Arundel County officials have decided to take a year to study a task force's recommendation to change traffic patterns around Corkran Middle School rather than speed up the timetable for a $3.1 million bypass in Glen Burnie.

"We will investigate the one-way option which was proposed by the committee," County Executive Robert R. Neall wrote to the 13 members of the panel he named in February.

The group, which received his letter this week, had suggested making parts of Thelma Avenue and Old Stage Road one-way southbound and eastbound.

Earlier, Mr. Neall said he wanted to move up the original timetable for the bypass because he felt that the popular shortcut between Crain Highway and Baltimore-Washington International Airport was unsafe. A child was struck by a car there in November 1992 and residents of the two roads have complained about minor accidents and having their mailboxes flattened by motorists who miss the elbow-curve.

Instead of moving ahead with his plan to start designing the road beginning in July, Mr. Neall promised the group that "no design activity will begin" until the fiscal year that begins July 1, 1994, "at the earliest."

Committee members said they felt the county executive was being reasonable in not pressing ahead with a two-decade-old road plan that might not be needed.

"I was very pleased," said committee member Dan Elsroad. "There was a strong feeling against the road."

"If they are not going to put the road in, they should try the thing with the one-way road. If it doesn't work, they can always go back and build the road," said committee member Tom Nevin.

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