Community groups want Duvall Highway widened Heavily used road prone to accidents, they say

December 27, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

An article in Friday's Anne Arundel edition of The Sun incorrectly reported the number of cars that traveled on a segment of Duvall Highway in Pasadena. As many as 10,230 motorists a day used that portion of the road from Stoney Creek Drive to Fort Smallwood Road in 1995.

The Sun regrets the error.

To Mike Cadogan, Duvall Highway is Pasadena's very own raceway.

"It's the Indianapolis 500 out there," said Cadogan, who has a front-row seat at his house at the corner of Stoney Creek Drive and Duvall. "I can sit on my deck and watch people peel their wheels out there."

Residents and community associations are asking the county to help make Duvall Highway safer for motorists who use the road and people who live nearby.

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The Pasadena Traffic Safety Committee sent a letter Dec. 9 to County Executive John G. Gary and the County Council, requesting money in the fiscal 1998 capital budget, rather than the 1999 budget, to widen the thoroughfare from Northeast High School to Notley Road.

In a Dec. 20 response, John M. Brusnighan, director of the county Department of Public Works, agreed to move the project forward. The County Council must approve the proposed change to the capital budget.

The $263,000 project calls for building sidewalks and adding a center left-turn lane to the four-lane road, said John A. Morris, spokesman for public works. Construction could begin in 1999, he said.

The 1 1/4 -mile stretch of road is a popular route for motorists who want to get to Fort Smallwood Road without using Edwin Raynor Boulevard, said Officer Alfred Barcenas of the county police traffic safety division.

In addition to Northeast High, Duvall provides access to High Point Elementary and the Riviera branch of the county library system. County figures show more than 25,000 motorists used Duvall daily in 1995.

And with traffic came accidents -- seven reported since Jan. 18, Barcenas said. "It's a heavily traveled road and, whenever you have a lot of traffic, you're going to have a lot of accidents, too," Barcenas said.

Carolyn Roeding, chairwoman of the traffic committee, said the group is concerned that more accidents will occur before the project is completed.

"It's a hazardous stretch of road," she said. "I always think that we're pressing our luck every time we delay improving that road."

Cadogan, who is president of the Stoneybrooke Village Association, said the problem is the hill west of Stoney Creek Drive. Drivers attempting to make left turns from Stoney Creek have to pull out and hope they don't cut off other motorists, he said.

"And everybody picks up speed, and you've got people on top of you," Cadogan said. "It's pretty hard."

County Councilman Thomas W. Redmond Sr., a Democrat who represents Pasadena, is pleased that public works will "fast forward" the project.

"It's a project that's been on the books for years," he said. "It's badly needed."

A $75,000 project to realign Duvall at Pine Haven Drive has already been approved, Morris said. Construction could begin next summer.

And not a moment too soon, said Roeding. Ten days ago, a 5-year-old girl was seriously injured when the car she was in was struck head-on by a truck whose driver was speeding and lost control at the curve, according to Anne Arundel police.

The truck driver and his passenger, an 18-year-old Pasadena woman, had severe chest and facial injuries. The driver of the car suffered a dislocated hip.

Cadogan said something must be done before a fatal accident occurs.

"Nothing gets done until there's a major accident or somebody ** dies," he said. "That's a shame."

Pub Date: 12/27/96

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