SHA will study citizens' proposal for Route 140

September 22, 1994|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer

The State Highway Administration will study a Carroll County citizens' group's proposal to remove traffic lights and add interchanges on Route 140 rather than build a Westminster bypass.

Carroll Life's proposal is a modification of an option that SHA is considering to reduce traffic congestion on Route 140, said R. Suseela Rajan, SHA project manager. The state has 10 options ranging from no changes in the road to northern or southern bypasses.

The bypass opponents' proposal would affect the public, "but we don't know now what the impacts will be," Ms. Rajan said. She said the SHA staff probably will have feasibility and cost estimates within a few weeks. The agency may select a plan by the end of this year, she said.

Carroll Life members suggested eliminating traffic lights and at-grade left turns from Route 140, said President Kenneth E. Davidson. Exits would be only at interchanges, and one travel lane would be added in each direction in addition to right turn lanes.

The citizens' group coalesced to oppose a Westminster bypass after the SHA outlined possible routes at a hearing in June. Some members, including Mr. Davidson, would have their houses condemned if the northern bypass route were selected.

Mr. Davidson outlined the Carroll Life proposal to the county planning commission this week. He said he left with the impression that commission members were unhappy about being excluded from planning.

But commission Chairman Louis J. Pecoraro said, "I wasn't upset, and I don't think anyone else was."

The commission took no action on Mr. Davidson's request to remove the northern bypass route from the county master plan. The bypass has been in the plan for many years, Mr. Pecoraro said.

"If we don't get something moving in the county, we're going to be hemmed in because traffic is getting horrendous," he said.

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