State will do its part to help widen Route 32A recent Sun...

LETTERS

March 23, 1997

State will do its part to help widen Route 32

A recent Sun editorial addressed the significance of the proposed widening and reconstruction of Route 32 from east of Route 198 to west of Interstate 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway).

The editorial urged Anne Arundel County, the federal government and the State of Maryland to give greater attention to the project. The Maryland Department of Transportation recognizes the need for this critical transportation project and would like to further explain the project's status.

MDOT's State Highway Administration has and will continue to work with all involved parties and is currently applying for federal aid, for which this $57 million highway project qualifies.

Route 32 reconstruction includes upgrading the road to interstate standards, providing a four-lane divided highway, auxiliary lanes, a 54-foot-wide median, inside and outside shoulders, new interchanges at Route 198 and the National Security Agency entrance and the reconstruction of the existing interchange at I-295.

The project is included in MDOT's Consolidated Transportation Program. Project planning is complete, as well as 60 percent of the highway design. In addition, most of the right of way has

been acquired and a state project team is in place.

Thousands of federal employees travel Route 32 daily and its stretch from I-97 to I-70 is part of the National Highway System. Both of these facts are compelling reasons for federal support. The state has invested $900,000 in interim improvements to Route 32, between Mapes Road and Route 198, to enhance motorist safety and support the growing transportation needs in the Fort Meade-NSA area.

The state has taken steps to see that this needed project is constructed. We are confident that our partners will also do their part to see that this highway is improved.

David L. Winstead

Baltimore

4 The writer is Maryland transportation secretary.

Aviation panel needs North County member

Sen. C. Edward Middlebrooks recently introduced Senate Bill 848 (Maryland Aviation Commission -- Members) and delegates James E. Rzepkowski and Michael W. Burns' similar House Bill 1292 are bills that are good for the people and business interests of northern Anne Arundel County, the rest of the region and state.

They are also bills that will benefit the Maryland Aviation Commission. I live in Linthicum in a very nice house that is about a mile and a half north of the Baltimore-Washington International Airport tower.

My family and I are well aware of, but are not otherwise bothered by, BWI. Neither are my neighbors. That is because we all know how important BWI is to everyone. I attend various neighborhood association meetings about BWI. It is important for North County to be represented on the Maryland Aviation Commission by a North County resident.

The further advantage to the commission would be an additional member to bear up under the workload and responsibilities. Messrs. Middlebrooks, Rzepkowski and Burns should be commended for introducing this legislation.

David Mason

Linthicum

Bishop Robinson's call to arms

Maryland Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Bishop L. Robinson is 100 percent right. The only way to keep the kids from becoming criminals is to give them the perspective and knowledge of everything else life has to offer. That can only come -- especially in the absence of a stable, nourishing home life -- from a good education.

Drastic improvement of our schools, to equip everyone with a superior public education, should be our absolute top priority.

Our education crisis is regarded as a chicken-and-egg situation: The schools blame the parents for kids' negative attitudes, and those parents who care blame the schools, each with some justification. But we have to start somewhere -- now -- and it has to be the schools.

If the schools provide a challenging, stimulating learning experience, many parents will be drawn in by the kids' enthusiasm; with multiplicative effect, increasing with each generation.

Then, our kids will know all the exciting, satisfying things there are to do in life instead of robbing, killing and selling dope. And Mr. Robinson's jails will empty.

Van K. Nield

Annapolis

Pub Date: 3/23/97

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