How to build new roads in WorthingtonThis letter is to...

LETTERS

December 28, 1997

How to build new roads in Worthington

This letter is to clarify Howard County's study of how to improve access and disperse traffic patterns in the Worthington vicinity of Ellicott City. The area is bounded by New Cut Road on the west, College Avenue and Bonnie Branch Road on the north and east and Montgomery Road on the south.

This area of the county has experienced increasing traffic congestion, which is further impacted because of the single entrance into Worthington via Worthington Way and Roundhill Road.

Last summer, residents of the area and county staff created the Worthington Vicinity Task Force and were asked to find the most equitable solution to improve access and to avoid overburdening any one neighborhood.

The following recommendations were presented after months of hard work and study by the task force conducted in an open process, including a public hearing:

Connect Hale Haven Drive to Doncaster Road to provide another access to the neighborhoods, assisted by installation of traffic calming features. In addition, construct sidewalks along Doncaster Road, Hale Haven Drive, Elberta Drive and South Haven Drive, to add an important safety feature. This is known as Alternative 2 and we estimate its total cost at approximately $1 million.

Connect Chews Vineyard to New Cut Road. The Task Force recommended that the developer route Chews Vineyard to the landfill property and that the county construct the roadway link from there through the landfill property to New Cut Road. This would minimize the changes to scenic New Cut Road and would be compatible with the probable future use of the landfill property as a park. Included with this alternative would be safety improvements to New Cut Road and intersection improvements at New Cut and Montgomery roads, which will greatly enhance sight distance for motorists approaching Montgomery Road. This alternative is known as Alternate 4C and we estimate the cost to the county at approximately $1.5 million. This estimate does not include the cost of roadway construction for Chews Vineyard on private land.

In addition, a third access to the Worthington area, via a new road from College Avenue to Doncaster Drive, will be built by a developer as required by Howard County under terms of the site development plan.

The task force studied consultants' reports on traffic impact and road alignments, heard presentations by residents through the task force members, park planners, the Board of Education, the Department of Planning and Zoning and a developer's representative and received technical assistance from the Department of Public Works.

An information session was included in the Nov. 6 public hearing, and a summary of the comprehensive report was distributed. Public comment was solicited from all interested parties.

It is important that affected citizens inform themselves on this issue and the reasons for the recommendations. More information and a summary of the recommendations can be obtained by calling (410) 313-3445.

The comprehensive task force report is available at the Miller, Elkridge and Central libraries as reference material. The task force report summary is also available at these branches of the library.

Elizabeth Calia

William Malone

Ellicott City

The writers are with the Bureau of Engineering in the Howard County Department of Public Works.

CA not 'out of control,' but needs to improve

In the Dec. 12 edition of The Sun I was quoted in the article "Columbia group's spending criticized" as saying, "It shows that it [CA's purchasing procedure] was out of control."

This statement is erroneous in the fact that I have never thought nor do I now think that the purchasing procedures of the Columbia Association are out of control. I did say and I do believe that as we move forward that more control needs to be exercised to insure that the purchasing procedures and policies of CA are adhered to at all times.

Although the results of both the original Sun articles and the purchasing audit indicate that the majority of purchasing orders were processed properly, the fact is that there was some VTC sloppiness by some individuals in a minority of the purchases. In no way is this meant to imply that I believe that the purchasing procedures were "out of control."

The task of the members of the Columbia Council now that the purchasing audit is completed is to thoroughly review the findings of the audit and to move forward in establishing the best purchasing procedures and policies that are applicable to the Columbia Association.

Wanda Hurt

Columbia Council member

Pub Date: 12/28/97

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