Route 100 may have found its path of least resistance

June 11, 1993|By Erik Nelson | Erik Nelson,Staff Writer

State Highway Administration engineers yesterday unveiled what might be the peacemaker in an 18-month battle over where Route 100 will be built in southern Ellicott City.

In a closed-door briefing with the Howard County Council, county administration, state legislative delegation and federal regulators, highway designers presented the newest alignments for the six-lane highway, along with their respective impacts to homes and wetlands.

The newest route would avoid houses in the Hunt Country Estates subdivision off Route 103 and steer much farther from condominiums in the Village of Montgomery Run than a previous alternative.

No decisions were made, but elected officials expect to reach a consensus and make a recommendation to highway officials by October. Before that, SHA will schedule a public meeting, possibly in late June.

Plans for Route 100 between Route 104 and the future terminus of Snowden River Parkway have been the focus of a three-way battle for 18 months.

The new route was endorsed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife Service and the state Department of Natural Resources.

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