New school would cut Oklahoma Road parking

June 10, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

People who live on Oklahoma Road no longer would be able to park on a section of the east side of their street when the new middle school opens in the fall of 1996, according to a plan discussed yesterday.

About 750 feet of the parking lane will become a bypass designed to allow traffic to pass buses and other vehicles turning left into the Eldersburg school property, said Howard Noll, chief of the county's Bureau of Engineering.

Site work at the $12 million Oklahoma Road Middle School and work on the road are scheduled to begin this summer.

Two residents of the Brightwood subdivision, in the 6300 block of Oklahoma Road near the school site, talked with county commissioners yesterday about proposed changes to the road.

Adrean Clawson and Margie MacReady said they were worried that if the parking lane is eliminated, they would have to pull out into traffic that often travels up to 50 mph. The speed limit is 30 mph.

Ms. Clawson also said she was concerned about the appearance and number of no-parking signs that might be erected. The signs look bad, she said.

"Carroll County has an awful lot of signs," she said.

Mark Shafer, an engineer from Whitney, Bailey, Cox & Magnani of Timonium who drew up the road plan, said the Board of Education will have to post some no-parking signs. He said he would let residents review and comment on the sign plan.

Mr. Shafer said the school could ask Maryland State Police to enforce the 30 mph limit on the stretch of road near the school.

The county also plans to add a lane southbound on Oklahoma Road to allow drivers to slow down before they turn right into school property, he said.

The commissioners did not make a decision about the proposed road changes at yesterday's meeting.

The Board of Education plans to award a contract to Meekins Construction Inc. of Finksburg for the site work at Oklahoma Middle, said Lester P. Surber, school facilities supervisor.

Meekins' bid was $1.2 million, the lowest of three received. School officials had estimated the work would cost $2 million, Mr. Surber said.

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