Route 3 project in Crofton scheduled for August start Work to widen road aims at spring completion

April 30, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

Crews will begin work in August on a $2.3 million project to widen the section of Route 3 that runs through Crofton, about the same time work is to be completed on an adjoining section in Prince George's County, state highway officials said last night.

State Highway Administration District Engineer Paul Armstrong told the Crofton Civic Association board that the project, combined with two others to widen the highway from four to six lanes, should help relieve traffic congestion.

Road crews are scheduled to complete in August a $2.7 million project that widened Route 3 to six lanes between the northern Route 450 interchange in Anne Arundel County and the southern route 450 interchange in Prince George's.

Combined with a project to the north completed several years ago, Route 3 will be widened to six lanes for more than three miles, Chuck Brown, a state highway spokesman said earlier.

"We don't want to have a situation that will create a bottleneck where you're going from three lanes in one area to two lanes and then back up to three again," he said.

Project designer Wesley Chan Jr. displayed a landscaping plan for the road that called for planting 65 sweet gum, maple, and pine trees and hundreds of shrubs in the median as highway officials asked Crofton residents for their own landscaping suggestions.

"The residents are going to have to look at it day in and day out," said Mr. Brown, "We want to get their input on what is aesthetically pleasing."

But some association board members were concerned that some sections would have no trees at all.

"We're not enthralled with the idea of losing those trees," said Ed Dosek, president of the association. "I think there ought to be something that says we are going to beautify this with what's there now."

The project is to be completed in the spring of next year, weather permitting, Mr. Brown said.

At the same meeting Jon Grant, the architect hired to draw plans to make Town Hall accessible for the handicapped, showed a three-dimensional, animated video of the 1,000-square-foot addition he would build onto Town Hall on the side of the building facing Duke of Kent Drive.

The structure would include a porch, vestibule with drinking fountain, bathroom, kitchenette and a 700-square-foot meeting room.

Mr. Grant, of Grant-WTW Architects in Lanham, estimated the addition would cost $70,000, and take about four months to construct.

The deadline for public buildings to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act passed more than a year ago while Crofton residents haggled over whether to spend the money to make the changes in Town Hall.

The town can meet the ADA's requirements by holding meetings in a nearby elementary school or other accessible buildings, Barbara Swann, the town manager, has said.

Pub Date: 4/30/96

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