Neighborhood waits for traffic signal decision

June 22, 1994|By Consella A. Lee and Andrea F. Siegel | Consella A. Lee and Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writers

People in Glen Gardens are waiting to see if state highway officials will agree to put a traffic signal at Kuethe Road, instead of Glen Road.

The decision could be made in two weeks.

Glen Gardens is the neighborhood most affected by traffic along Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard near Glen Burnie High School.

Residents there say a hill on the boulevard makes it hard to spot eastbound traffic from Kuethe Road.

"It will look clear and the next thing you know a car is right on your tail, so you really have to hustle across," said Maria Abell, whose two sons attend Glen Burnie High.

Parents who cross the boulevard on Kuethe Road said they sometimes have to wait 10 minutes for a break in traffic.

Most high school traffic uses Glen Road to avoid the hassle, said Isaac Fisher, the school's business manager and a member of its safety committee.

The State Highway Administration probably will decide within two weeks if it wants to keep the plan unveiled this spring or change it, said SHA traffic engineer Michael Ulrich. Traffic engineers are concluding a count of cars using Glen Road instead of Kuethe Road.

Typically, a bad intersection can cause 15 percent of drivers to seek a different route, Mr. Ulrich said.

The Glen Gardens community and parents of high school students have complained about traffic in the area since the 1970s. The issue returned in 1988, after a Corkran Middle School student was killed on Ritchie Highway near the school.

"We have consistently said we wanted the traffic signal at Kuethe Road and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard," Mr. Fisher said.

At an April town meeting, state highway officials said they planned to put a traffic signal at Glen Road, and build an island on northbound Kuethe Road to channel traffic into a right-turn lane at Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard. Motorists now can turn LTC right, left or go straight, which has led to bottlenecks and accidents.

Putting a traffic signal at Kuethe Road would eliminate the need to channel right turns, residents said.

But putting a signal at Glen Road might be of greater benefit to the school's 1,850 students.

"The signal at Glen would also help the school situation and buses," said Mr. Ulrich, noting that public sentiment favors putting a light at Kuethe Road.

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