Bypass not among recommended road projects

December 30, 1993|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

The controversial proposal to bypass Old Stage Road and Thelma Avenue, linking Stewart Avenue with points east in Glen Burnie, will be missing from the county administration's recommended road projects in the coming fiscal year.

Plans for the $3.1 million bypass were drawn up more than 20 years ago. But community disputes over whether and how to build the bypass repeatedly shoved it further down the construction list, until this year, when it didn't make the list at all.

"Until the local community can resolve it, the county executive is inclined to do nothing about it," said Louise Hayman, spokeswoman for County Executive Robert R. Neall.

The Brookfield community has been unable still is at odds over what would work best.

The county's traffic engineering division likewise is inclined to do nothing about it for at least a year. It has decided to wait until the State Highway Administration completes the Interstate 97 and Dorsey Road interchange and Route 100 in the Glen Burnie area.

Those roads, "we think, will have some impact on the traffic pattern, so the decision was made to hold off," said Robert H. Loomis, assistant director of public works.

Both bypass opponents and those who found the new road acceptable are pinning their hopes on the new state roads.

"I really hope that's true," said a discouraged Linda Brandt, who lives on Thelma Avenue near its dangerous elbow-curve intersection with Old Stage Road. "They need to do something."

She has been lobbying to have traffic diverted from her street since November 1991, when her daughter was hit by a car as she tried to cross Thelma Avenue.

Old Stage Road and Thelma Avenue, lined with houses, are used by more than 46,000 cars a week, according to county traffic figures last year.

The proposed four-lane bypass was to cut approximately from ** the intersection of Stewart Avenue and Old Stage Road to Aquahart Road and Crain Highway.

Opponents complained the bypass was an effort to jam a road through their neighborhood for the convenience of commuters.

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