Signal due late next summer, state says Traffic light is planned for the intersection of Cranberry Road, Route 27

September 04, 1997|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,SUN STAFF

The Cranberry Road-Route 27 intersection should have a traffic signal late next summer and perhaps earlier, state highway officials said yesterday.

The intersection will soon be eligible for a traffic signal, "and now is the perfect time to make those plans," State Highway Administration district engineer Robert L. Fisher told the County Commissioners.

Representatives of two Westminster companies near the intersection -- English American Tailoring and Random House -- say they are concerned about the safety of their employees and they want improvements at the intersection.

John Concannon, a State Highway Administration assistant district engineer, said the preferred solution would be for the companies to stagger their working hours.

Traffic patterns at the intersection have not changed much in seven years, Concannon said. Congestion is at its worst for 15 to 30 minutes in the afternoon peak and could be alleviated if the companies staggered dismissal of their employees, he said.

Representatives of the firms requesting the change told the commissioners yesterday that staggered work shifts would be "very difficult" to achieve and that efforts to do so have not been successful.

"The important thing," said County Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown, is that the intersection will soon qualify for a traffic signal. "Everything else is history."

Fisher told the commissioners that this year's budget contains no money for the project and that the state would "welcome any and all [monetary] participation" from the two businesses and the county government. Participation "would expedite the whole process," he said.

An Eldersburg discount department store paid for a signal in that town, he noted.

Only one of the four roads at the Cranberry Road-Route 27 intersection is a county road, Brown said. "Does that suggest something?"

The commissioners said Tuesday that they hoped to pay no more than one-fourth of the light's cost.

"We're not greedy," Fisher said.

Robert A. "Max" Bair, the commissioners' chief of staff, wanted to know if the project could go forward this year if the county portion of the money was made available.

Fisher said it could, and state and county staff members sat down to work out details.

Pub Date: 9/04/97

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