Traffic forum turns against developers Mountain Road bypass and widening criticized

December 11, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

More than 80 Pasadena residents last night turned a forum on how to relieve traffic on Mountain Road into a united stand against developers and the Anne Arundel County planners who issue permits to the builders.

"Let's come together as a community and say to these people, 'This is our community and you will do as we say,' " said Chuck Holmes, manager of Special Days Cafe and one of the organizers of the meeting. "I think it's time we take them on."

"What we need to do is stop the building," said Renee Crispens, who has lived on Fallon Drive for 31 years.

Business owners and residents attended the forum at the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Hall to discuss solutions for traffic on Mountain Road, the peninsula's main thoroughfare that is used by about 27,000 motorists daily.

Suggestions included building a circle to replace the traffic light at Mountain Road and Lake Shore Drive and making the center left-turn lane westbound during the morning rush hour and eastbound for the evening commute.

But two solutions that received the most attention were widening the road to five lanes between Route 100 and Lake Shore Drive and building a two-lane bypass that would link Magothy Bridge Road to Mountain Road between South Carolina and Maryland avenues, both of which would involve the demolition of homes and businesses.

Elmer Dalbert, who has lived in Green Gables for 50 years, said he favors a bypass, which was proposed in February by County Councilman Thomas W. Redmond.

"The idea of the bypass seems to be the most sensible thing," Dalbert said. "If we have the bypass, we have a way in and [a way] out in emergency situations."

But Sharon Long, whose split-level home on South Carolina Avenue would be condemned for the bypass, was vigorously opposed.

"I'm not losing my home" of 30 years, Long said. "I worked hard and so did my husband, Bill, and we're not going to lose it to any road."

Redmond registered his opposition to widening the road to five lanes, saying it would cost about $25 million and harm about 30 homes and 20 businesses.

He criticized the four-member District 31 State House delegation that represents Pasadena for failing to follow up a 1975 County Council resolution urging the State Highway Administration to widen Mountain Road between Route 100 and Pinehurst Road.

"Here we are more than 20 years later and nothing's been done," Redmond said.

But the consensus among the audience was to stop future development on the peninsula.

Pub Date: 12/11/96

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