After 20 Years, Elkridge To Post Its Own Zip Code

April 21, 1997|By Shanon D. Murray | Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF

Elkridge residents have been seeking their own ZIP code for more than two decades. Today, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin will announce the five numbers that will grant their wish.

"This is totally exciting," said Linda Carey, president of the Elkridge Community Association.

Through the years, the group has sent the U.S. Postal Service a number of petitions, growth estimates and letters from community leaders pleading for a ZIP code for the town.

"We really needed our own ZIP code to give Elkridge an identity," Carey said. "For so long, its been wrapped in with Baltimore."

Most Elkridge residents share the 21227 ZIP code with parts of Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Other residents have the same ZIP codes as residents of Columbia, Ellicott City, Jessup and Hanover.

The 21227 ZIP code is bounded on the north by the 3300 block of Benson Ave. in Baltimore, on the south by the 7000 block of Cherry Ave. in Howard County, on the west by Waterloo Road in Howard County and on the east by the 3000 block of Indiana Ave. near the Baltimore City-County line.

Elkridge residents within that area will receive the new ZIP code, whose numbers will be unveiled by Cardin, a Baltimore Democrat, at 11 a.m. today at the Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd.

Elkridge residents say sharing a ZIP code with other jurisdictions has unfairly increased their car insurance rates and confused delivery drivers who were unsure whether to deliver packages in Elkridge or Baltimore.

Postal Service officials said the agency considers its operational needs and an area's population density before establishing a new ZIP code.

In the past 15 years, the Elkridge area's population has more than tripled, from 7,400 in 1980 to 24,900 in 1995, according to Howard County planning data. About 35,000 people are projected to call the area home by 2010.

Some Elkridge residents say the next item on their agenda is to persuade the Postal Service to give the town a full-service post office. The area is served by the Halethorpe branch in Baltimore County, five miles from the county line and 12 miles from Route 175.

Pub Date: 4/21/97

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