Roop to address council on idea for city bypass

October 10, 1994|By From Staff Reports

W. Roger Roop plans to lobby the Westminster City Council tonight for his proposal to build a southern bypass around the city.

Mr. Roop, 85, of Union Bridge has been presenting his bypass suggestions to county and state officials since 1985. He said he asked to address the council because he saw a consensus among government officials favoring a northern bypass to relieve traffic congestion on Route 140.

"I think Roger will have a hard sell," said Council President Kenneth A. Yowan.

Mr. Yowan pointed out that the council went on record several months ago in favor of a northern bypass. The State Highway Administration has two possible northern and one southern bypass alternates under consideration, as well as proposals to reduce traffic congestion by adding lanes or interchanges on Route 140.

Mr. Roop's proposed bypass route would leave Route 140 at Reese Road and arc south to connect with Kate Wagner Road west of Route 32. The bypass would turn northwest to cross Route 27 and connect to Route 31 at Avondale. It would follow Route 31 to Route 140 west of Westminster, then follow Route 140 to the Route 97 north interchange.

Mr. Roop calls his proposal "a nonstop highway circumventing Westminster."

The council will have its business meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Council members will meet at 6 p.m. to go over plans for the Maryland Municipal League legislative conference. Westminster will be the host city for the conference Oct. 20-22.

Also on the council agenda:

* Bid opening on an addition to the city maintenance shop.

* Vote on an out-of-court agreement that will allow Macro Management Inc. to demolish the former Middlebrooke Swim Club and build three houses on the property.

* Presentation of Fallfest proceeds checks to Carroll Hospice, NorthEast Social Action Program, Change Inc., Human Services Programs Inc. and the Carroll County Children's Fund.

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