Meeting on bypass rescheduled

May 26, 1994|By Anne Haddad ,,TC | Anne Haddad ,,TC,Sun Staff Writer

Hampstead Mayor C. Clinton Becker came away from a meeting Tuesday encouraged that the proposed Hampstead Route 30 bypass remains the State Highway Administration's priority for Carroll County.

But, because a mix-up prevented all parties from showing up in the same place for it, the meeting has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at the State Highway Administration office on Airport Drive in Westminster.

When Del. Richard N. Dixon, D-Carroll, set up the meeting between local officials and the state, he suggested meeting at the State Highway Administration office "near the airport."

He meant the Westminster Airport.

The state highway people thought he meant Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The SHA's new headquarters are near that airport in Linthicum. Mr. Dixon; Del. Richard C. Matthews, R-Carroll; Sen. Larry E. Haines, R-Carroll; Manchester Mayor Earl A.J. "Tim" Warehime; and county Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Elmer C. Lippy came to the Westminster office Tuesday evening.

But state Secretary of Transportation O. James Lighthizer and other highway officials were waiting for them at the Anne Arundel County offices, Mayor Becker said.

Mr. Becker was the only local official who went to Anne Arundel County.

"It was me and everyone from the Maryland Department of Transportation," Mr. Becker said. "I sort of got a one-on-one, short presentation and update."

He said the state officials told him that two things will be necessary for the Hampstead bypass to remain a priority.

"The Carroll delegation has to support a revenue increase for the State Highway Administration," Mr. Becker said.

Also, he said, the highway officials want to be sure that the delegation and the county commissioners make it plain that the Hampstead bypass is their priority, too.

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