Highway agency to review studies for Liberty Road

September 29, 1998|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

With maps, designs and pictures, the State Highway Administration will show Eldersburg residents how the agency plans to improve Liberty Road in south Carroll.

State and county officials will meet with residents at 7 p.m. today at Liberty High School to review planning studies of the congested corridor and discuss strategies for the future of the road, which is Route 26, a state highway. "We are asking the state to show us examples of what has been done in other places," said Steve Horn, county bureau chief of planning. "They have offered to work with us to come up with strategies, anything to come up with improvements."

The primary focus for today's session is on aesthetics, particularly landscaping a highway that is vital to businesses and the communities along it, Horn said.

"Our focus is on the long-term function of the road and its appearance," Horn said. "We have to get the community and SHA together to start thinking about the future of Route 26."

State planners have developed a 27-foot-long concept plan that provides an aerial view of the Eldersburg area. The design

covers a seven-mile area. It shows Route 32 from Interstate 70 in Howard County north to Route 26, and Liberty Road from Baltimore County west to Route 97.

"We want to look at all issues in the Routes 32 and 26 corridor, particularly land use, traffic patterns and beautification," said Mary Dietz, state regional planner. "We want to keep the corridor viable, productive and livable."

The county is in the midst of revising its master plan for south Carroll. Much of the proposal deals with efforts to reduce traffic -- congestion on Liberty Road.

Pub Date: 9/29/98

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