School-area intersection has potential for disaster Traffic: Impatient, law-breaking drivers running red lights and making illegal turns make the morning commute at Charles Street and Cold Spring Lane a nerve-racking experience.

Intrepid Commuter

September 07, 1998

WITH MORNING rush hour now clogged with school traffic, your wheelster feels compelled to point out a city flash point that could easily turn fatal.

It's Charles Street at Cold Spring Lane -- gateway to many private schools and home of Loyola College and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

With most in a panic to make the 8 o'clock bell, this is a white-knuckle intersection in the morning.

Some drivers insist on blowing through red lights, and others stubbornly turn when it's a total no-no -- even though commuters in the lane behind them are laying on their horns.

Making matters worse, some are trying to park along Cold Spring Lane near Loyola, which complicates traffic flow.

No wonder some drivers opt to cut through surrounding neighborhoods.

"This intersection is the scene of almost daily collisions -- some causing serious injuries to occupants of vehicles," says Harriet G. Bank, who lives nearby. "Help!"

The area is crying for stronger traffic enforcement -- and a better display of manners from drivers traveling that way.

City Department of Public Works spokesman Bob Murrow promised to dispatch a team of traffic engineers to the scene to investigate the chronic woes.

"If there are problems, we'll try to address them," Murrow pledged, adding that a solution also might require tougher enforcement from the city's Police Department.

Either way, dear drivers, pass ever so gently through this war zone.

Drivers bounce along on chic area's boulevard

Residents of Anne Arundel County's pricey Seven Oaks neighborhood are bouncing along Blue Water Boulevard.

You'd hardly expect to see the kind of potholes in this chic Severn community that haunt many Baltimore streets, yet the end result is eerily the same: No one will fix them.

Resident David Halbritter says bumpy Blue Water has caused car damage that includes misaligned front ends, bent rims and, in one case, a detached fuel line.

Neighbors don't know who to blame because Halle Development Corp., which built the community, refers all complaints to county bureaucrats.

County officials respond by insisting the roads are privately owned.

While fingers point, the neighbors rattle along.

Residents hope something will be done before the whole area turns into a crater.


Shortcuts: Ebenezer Road in White Marsh will close today at 9 a.m. for 48 hours for roadwork. Traffic will be detoured north to Allender Road, adding about four miles to the east-west commute. Look for roadwork this week along Barnhart Road and Gross Mill Road in Carroll County. Gov. Parris N. Glendening will join Baltimore County bureaucrats for tomorrow's opening of Red Run Boulevard in Owings Mills. Taking matters to the extreme, the politicos are scheduled to participate in an election-year parade there.

Pub Date: 9/07/98

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