Board acts to deter speeding

Klees Mill Road to get uniform 35-mph limit

November 20, 2001|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

To deter speeding on Klees Mill Road, the Carroll County commissioners voted yesterday to impose a 35-mph limit for the road from Route 32 in Gamber to Route 26 near Eldersburg.

The recommendation for a uniform speed limit in an area with three speed zones ranging from 25 to 40 mph was made by Carroll County sheriff's office.

"That is exactly what I would have recommended after driving along the road," said Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier.

The policy, which will take effect as soon as new signs are posted, should clear up confusion for motorists traveling from one speed zone to the next, said Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning. Deputies will continue to monitor traffic on the winding road, which has become a popular alternative for drivers who want to avoid congestion in downtown Eldersburg, he said.

Sheriff's deputies conducted speed enforcement and assessment at key intersections along the road this month. Officers issued 44 citations, including 28 for speeding, of which 20 were given to residents of Klees Mill Road.

Residents along the road, who have complained persistently about safety to the commissioners in the past month, asked for stop signs, speed traps and limited access for trucks on the road.

"If people go the speed limit, the road will be safe," Frazier said.

In other business, the commissioners supported the second phase of Westminster Bond, a 150-unit retirement community planned for 19 acres on Bond Street in Westminster. The property used to be Frock's Farm, a restaurant, reception hall and swimming pool complex.

"The first phase is under way, with bulldozers there Friday," said Jolene Sullivan, director of the county's Department of Citizen Services. "With your support, this development can get in the running for additional state funding for the next phase.

"Our older population is growing by leaps and bounds," Sullivan said. "There is a two-year waiting list for senior housing now."

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