Residents voice concerns over plan to widen road

January 12, 1998|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

A proposal to widen Montgomery Road in Elkridge is drawing reservations from nearby residents who live on the busy thoroughfare.

Howard County transportation officials are considering a recommendation to widen Montgomery Road between Marshalee Road and U.S. 1 from two lanes to three. Another suggestion involves installing left-turn lanes at some intersections.

A public meeting on both proposals, which resulted from a study of existing and future traffic patterns on the road, will be held tonight from 7 to 9 in the Ellicott Room of the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.

While many motorists agree that driving on Montgomery Road is dangerous because of difficulty seeing its many cross streets, residents who live on Montgomery have voiced concerns that widening the road would slice away parts of their front yards and driveways.

Kevin Doyle, who chairs the planning and zoning committee of the Elkridge Community Association, also said he feared that widening the road would encourage drivers to increase their speeds.

"We're aware that the residents are going to be directly affected by these plans," said Doyle, who was involved in a serious accident at the corner of Montgomery and Lawyers Hill Road in August.

"We're anxious to see these plans," he said.

Pub Date: 1/12/98

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