Developers agree to complete road Housley Road will be extended to relieve traffic around mall

March 24, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The developers of a Defense Highway shopping center have agreed to complete the road leading from their center to Generals Highway at Bestgate Road to ease congestion around Annapolis Mall, county officials said yesterday.

Richard T. Culpepper, president of Comart Inc., the general partner in Gateway Village shopping center, signed the agreement yesterday to connect old Housley Road, a 16-foot wide lane, with new Housley Road, a four-lane road that runs in front of the center. When it is completed, the project will provide a shortcut from General's Highway to Defense Highway.

Work is to begin in May and be completed in September.

"This project is long overdue," County Executive John G. Gary said in yesterday. "The completion of Housley Road is important to residents trying to get around Parole."

When Comart, a Georgia-based firm, built its shopping center, which contains Best Buy, Petsmart and Home Place stores, it built the road from Defense Highway along the perimeter of the center, but never connected it to old Houseley Road.

Under the agreement, the company will widen old Housley Road to 36 feet, creating one lane in each direction and a center turn lane.

Anne Arundel County will pick up $211,000 of the $665,000 cost of construction for the 1,500-foot-long road, with Comart paying the rest, county officials said.

"I'm very pleased by the agreement," said County Councilman William C. Mulford II, who represents the Parole area. "The Route 178/450 intersection is a real choke point, especially on weekends and at Christmas. This is really going to help."

Pub Date: 3/24/98

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