New traffic signal activated at Route 32 and Springfield Ave.

January 14, 1998

After months of delay, state highway officials added a traffic signal at Route 32 and Springfield Avenue in Sykesville yesterday.

"The signal was full-color operational at 1 p.m. Tuesday," said John Concannon, state assistant district engineer for traffic.

Flashing signs north and south of the intersection have alerted motorists to the signal for several days, but the date for turning it on has been changed several times.

An overhead signal south of the crossing will warn traffic to slow down around the steep curve.

"Even with warning lights, I perceive some problems," said Wallace P. "Mitch" Mitchell, Sykesville police chief. "People will step it up and try to beat the light."

The light, which cost about $80,000, is meant as a temporary solution for the troublesome corner, where poor sight distance has caused accidents.

Although several road options are under consideration, none will be under construction for the next few years. Residents have lobbied for a temporary light, despite objections from town officials.

"We hope that if the state finds the light is more trouble than it is worth, they will re-evaluate," said Sykesville Councilman Michael Kasnia.

The State Highway Administration will try to coordinate the light with the nearest other signal at Sandosky Road, Mitchell said.

"The system is all computerized," Mitchell said. "They will try to put the lights in sequence."

High's is third area store robbed by a man with knife

State police believe the same knife-wielding man who recently robbed convenience stores in Woodbine and Sykesville robbed the High's Dairy Store in Eldersburg on Monday.

Investigators said the man flashed a knife at a cashier and demanded money from the register about 10: 25 p.m. He ran away from the store in the 1900 block of Liberty Road with an undisclosed amount of money.

Witnesses described the suspect as a thin white man, about 35 years old, and 5 feet 10 inches tall. He wore a dark-green ski mask, black sweat shirt, blue jeans and gloves.

A man fitting the same general description, but wearing blue-tinted sunglasses, robbed the 7-Eleven at 7627 Woodbine Road on Thursday and Little George's at 7252 Gaither Road in Sykesville on Jan. 3.

Anyone with information about the incidents may call Detective Sgt. Bruce Smith at the Westminster barracks, 410-848-3111 or 410-876-8989.

Pub Date: 1/14/98

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