Madden seeks opinion of public on turn lanes

April 09, 1996|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF

An article in yesterday's Howard County edition of The Sun indicated that State Sen. Martin Madden called for a public meeting May 9 to discuss left-turn lanes at the intersections of Route 175 with Dobbin Road and Snowden River Parkway. State Dels. Shane Pendergrass and Frank Turner also called for the meeting.

State Sen. Martin G. Madden is seeking public comments about plans to create an unusual system of left-turn lanes at Route 175's intersections with Snowden River Parkway and Dobbin Road, a proposal members of the Long Reach Village Board say poses safety risks.

Board members said Mr. Madden, a Republican who represents East Columbia and southeastern Howard, told them Thursday that he would hold a meeting at Jeffers Hill Elementary School at 7 p.m. May 9 to get opinions on the complex "dispersed movement" intersections.


The traffic system, which has a series of left-turn lanes with their own stop lights, will be at Route 175's intersections near the Columbia Crossing retail complex, which is under construction.

Mr. Madden couldn't be reached for comment, but village board members David R. Zeitzer and J. R. "Ron" Beard said they are concerned about whether the traffic system can handle the volume of anticipated traffic.

While the shopping complex is being constructed, "nothing is being done about the roads," Mr. Zeitzer said. "I think it's a potential real hazard with people trying to get in and out of the shopping center."

The left-turn system is in use in only one other location in the United States, a college campus on Long Island, N.Y.

"We think it's an unproven and untested design," Mr. Zeitzer said. "If this is such a good idea, why isn't it being used all over?"

Originally, Long Reach officials said planners told them that a free-flowing cloverleaf would be built to improve the flow of traffic. But suddenly, that plan changed into the left-turn system, they said.

"If you look at it, it looks like it's different from any intersection you've ever seen," Mr. Zeitzer said. "Any time you introduce something new and different it'll create problems.

"If you've driven around [Route 175 and Snowden River Parkway] at rush hour, it is a concern. I can't imagine this making it better."

Police log

King's Contrivance: 6800 block of Carlinda Ave.: A burglar entered a home through a garage door Saturday or Sunday and stole a stereo, a speaker, a laptop computer and a case of soda.

Long Reach: 8900 block of Watchlight Court: Someone attempted to enter a home by prying open its front door Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Owen Brown: 6600 block of Dobbin Road: A burglar forced open doors at Gymnastics Plus Inc. Thursday or Friday and took cash from a cash box.

Pub Date: 4/09/96

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