Residents say Crofton intersection is unsafe

August 14, 1996|By S. Mitra Kalita | S. Mitra Kalita,SUN STAFF

Crofton Woods residents say the intersection of three roads in their neighborhood is an accident waiting to happen and they want community and county leaders to do something about it.

Residents went before the board of the Crofton Civic Association Monday night to suggest that a median and speed bumps be built to control the speed and volume of traffic at Urby Drive, Good Hope Drive and Patrice Circle.

The civic association will ad- dress the issue at its September meeting, Town Manager Barbara K. Swann said.

The Crofton Woods community has been working with the county's Neighborhood Traffic Control Program for about a year to pinpoint traffic safety problems through volume and speed analysis.

Good Hope Drive south of Urby Drive, a major outlet to Route 450, sees an average of 4,800 car trips per day, according to county figures. Urby Drive averages 4,500 car trips, while Good Hope Drive north of Urby Drive averages 750 and Patrice Circle averages 400.

County figures also show that cars traveling on these roads average at least 5 mph over the 25-mph speed limit.

"There have been several near-accidents," said Patty Neal, who has lived on Patrice Circle three years. "It's a very odd intersection. No one ever knows who has the right of way."

The short-term plan suggests:

Erecting a temporary concrete median at the entrance to Good Hope Drive;

Drawing edge lines on Urby Drive to make the road appear narrower to motorists;

Reorienting the stop signs at Urby and Good Hope drives to resemble a traditional intersection.

The long-term plan calls for making the median permanent and placing speed bumps every 500 feet on Urby Drive and Patrice Circle. The plan recommends that the permanent changes be partially paid for by the county.

In other business, board members discussed a "wish list" of community improvement projects. Swann said most requests fell under county or state jurisdiction, but several -- like an upgraded playground, fenced-in lake and newly planted trees at Swan Park -- are feasible and within the civic association's budget.

Board members also are considering questions and topics to include in a community survey, which would advise the board of issues important to Crofton residents.

However, only one question has been submitted for the survey, so board members have placed the issue back on their agenda for continued work, Swann said.

Pub Date: 8/14/96

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