Watching traffic on hill Downhill: After reports of trucks careering around curves despite a 30 mph limit, state police say they'll "look into the situation" near Marriottsville landfill.

The Intrepid Commuter

November 30, 1998

MARC SCHABB OF Reisterstown is peeved with speeders who whip through Marriottsville each morning on Marriottsville Road.

Commuter Schabb says he has daily observed perilous antics by large dump trucks that career around the road's steep, sometimes blind downhill curve just south of Marriottsville landfill.

There, the speed limit is 30 mph -- but Schabb's radar-like senses detect that these truckers are clearly doing at least 50 and driving it in any and all types of weather.

The loosey-goosey approach around the steep curves has led Schabb to query Maryland State Police about the lack of driver judgment.

He'd like to see a radar trap in the danger zone -- not further south on Marriottsville where, for territorial reasons, police have monitored speeders.

But watch out.

Eric Danz, a state police sergeant at the Westminster Barracks, said he plans to "look into the situation" in Marriottsville.

"If there's a problem down there, we're interested in working together to come up with a solution," Danz said last week.

Turn signal might help with back road shuffle

Falls Road at Old Court Road is car pool junction.

That intersection in Baltimore County is where caravans of students flow through, no doubt eager to get to school each morning (and to get home to tackle homework assignments in the afternoon).

Joining them are commuters engaged in cut-through calisthenics to avoid clogs on Interstates 695 and 83.

The back roads here buzz daily with drivers trying to eke through to important destinations.

That's where problems arise.

Marty Sharrow of Owings Mills says the Falls and Old Court crossroads needs a left-turn signal for those hoping to head north on Falls.

"Many times, cars are forced to complete their turns on a red light," he lamented to your wheelster. "There is a great need."

Perhaps State Highway Administration engineers could leave their desks at the District 4 office about one mile away to check on this recurring problem.

They might find that placing a turn signal there is warranted -- another indirect cost of the sprawl eating at the county's hinterlands and beyond.

Reader-commuter produces wish list for the streets

This being the season of lists, check the one recently sent to Intrepid One by ever-vigilant commuter Cary Achuff (with comments from your wheelster attached):

"Parking on Charles Street at Loyola College continues to be a problem, with students ignoring the 'No Parking' signs during rush hours. The police never ticket or tow." (This is a chronic and rude problem from the younger generation.)

At Northern Parkway and southbound Charles Street, motorists turning east onto Northern have no turn signal and frequently must wait for an eternity. The result is often cars backing up for miles. (A chronic and rude problem for drivers of all ages.)

"Finally, on the other side of that intersection [Northern Parkway and Charles Street] there is a bus stop with a bench. Someone has decided this is their private garbage dump. Can you help with contacting the people who could clean this up?" (A trash can may eliminate this woe.)

Let's hope the city's Department of Public Works and the Mass Transit Administration find it in their hearts to check Achuff's list ASAP.

Keep watching this lovely stretch of the Charles Street corridor for corrective action.

Intrepid wants straight talk on Wilkens Ave. roundabout

Your wheelster is in search of opinions on the area's newest roundabout, on Wilkens Avenue near the entrance to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Commuter Bill Evans calls it "a disaster waiting to happen" because drivers must constantly yield -- rather than give way just once to get into the rotary.

The roundabout in Towson requires great patience as confused drivers repeatedly blur through lanes to exit that two-laned monster.

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Pub Date: 11/30/98

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