Counties, state to discuss Hanover Pike congestion June 9 meeting set in Woodensburg

May 30, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Reisterstown resident George Neubeck expects "a lot of spirited discussion" when officials from Carroll and Baltimore counties and the state meet June 9 to discuss traffic congestion on Route 30.

The Hanover Road Association, a citizens group that works to promote good planning and protect the rural nature of the area, has invited Commissioner Donald I. Dell and six other officials to talk about the issue.

The meeting is at 8 p.m. at Camp Fretterd at 13700 Hanover Pike in Woodensburg.

Residents want to hear experts talk about increasing traffic on Route 30, known as Hanover Pike. Mr. Neubeck, association president, said he expects officials to talk about the logistics and obstacles to road improvements.

He said he doesn't expect the group to settle on a solution that night; the meeting will be "more of an information exchange."

"It's just to raise the issue. We want a plan suitable for residents who live on the pike," Mr. Neubeck said.

Residents must deal with more and more traffic. The 1992 Hanover Pike Corridor Study done by Baltimore County officials found that from 1975 to 1989, traffic on Hanover Pike, north of Butler Road in Baltimore County, increased 51 percent -- from 8,900 vehicles a day to 13,400.

The study said that the road could handle 20,000 vehicles a day before being classified as "congested" and projected that by 2015 about 24,000 vehicles would be traveling daily on parts of the road that are in Carroll County. Improvements should be made before 2015, the study said.

Mr. Neubeck said that at 6:30 a.m. Friday, he sat in his driveway for seven minutes before there was a break in traffic to allow him to pull onto Hanover Pike. The wait is a regular occurrence, he said.

The Hanover Road Association was formed in the early 1970s and has about 100 members. The group has been active for the past seven years in local planning issues. Most members live in ** Baltimore County, but some live in Carroll, Mr. Neubeck said.

Mr. Dell will speak at the meeting about his proposal to extend Interstate 795 roughly parallel to Route 140 from Baltimore County through Carroll.

The commissioner spoke to association members in April, and they liked his idea, Mr. Neubeck said.

Last year, the association submitted a petition to Baltimore County planners suggesting that a road be built to connect to the Hampstead-Manchester bypass that has been planned for about 25 years. The road could be considered an extension of I-795, he said.

"It's a very generalized idea at this point," he said.

Some Finksburg residents have organized the Carroll County Civic Association to oppose Mr. Dell's idea. They also oppose his plan to build an incinerator at the Northern Landfill and to industrialize the Route 140 corridor between Finksburg and Westminster.

Other officials scheduled to attend the June 9 meeting are:

* Sue Battle of the Maryland Department of the Environment.

* Jack Dillon, a senior planner in the Baltimore County Office of Planning and Zoning.

* Craig Forrest, Baltimore County transportation coordinator.

* Jennifer Masek from the office of Baltimore County Council Chairman Charles A. Dutch Ruppersberger III.

* Dan Outen, chief of the Baltimore County Bureau of Water Quality and Resource Management.

L * A representative from the Maryland Department of Planning.

On June 15, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council will review transportation plans being considered for metropolitan counties, including Carroll, in the next five years. The meeting is from 10 a.m. to noon at the council's conference room at 601 N. Howard St. in Baltimore.

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