Md. gives planning money for Mountain Road study $500,000 is to examine impact of widening mile

January 23, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Relief to long-suffering Mountain Road motorists came a step closer yesterday when the state set aside $500,000 to study widening a portion of the heavily traveled Pasadena route.

The money will be used to analyze the environmental impact of adding a lane to the eastbound and westbound sides of Mountain Road between Route 100 and Lake Shore Drive.

The one-mile stretch is three lanes wide with the middle lane designated as a left-turn lane.

A State Highway Administration traffic study showed about 27,000 motorists use Mountain Road daily. The survey estimated an increase of about 8,000 cars daily by 2020.

County Councilman Thomas Redmond, whose district includes Pasadena, applauded the appropriation, but said all of Mountain Road should to be widened.

"That's been a long time coming, but that's only part of the solution," Mr. Redmond said. "Somebody has to step up to the plate and do something."

Light rail in the county made the state's transportation list, with $450,000 set aside to study extending service from Cromwell Station in Glen Burnie to Marley Station, and $400,000 to purchase land to add 170 parking spaces at the Nursery Road station.

The state is studying potential light rail routes through Glen Burnie, and environmental impact statements are expected to be completed in the spring.

Merchants and civic leaders say extending light rail would help draw people to downtown Glen Burnie and reduce traffic congestion, while preserving the long-term option of building tracks to Annapolis.

The state also is setting aside $1 million to examine widening and adding sidewalks to Route 2 from Route 214 to just south of Virginia Avenue in the South River community.

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