Bypass hits dead end with vote

March 05, 2003

The Carroll commissioners deleted yesterday the long-proposed Westminster bypass from the county's master plan for growth, effectively ending any hope that the road, an idea dating to the 1960s, will ever be built.

The commissioners had been setting aside land for a bypass around the city for several decades. Saying the road would promote sprawl, Gov. Parris N. Glendening scrapped funding for the project, with a Manchester bypass, five years ago. At the request of several landowners, the county planning commission then recommended deleting much of the property set aside for the bypass from the county's plan for future growth.

Without state funding, the county could not build the road, which has followed several proposed routes since it was first envisioned. Most recently, it would have been a five-mile stretch on the north side of Route 140 from near Reese Road to north of Hughes Shop Road.

The state has made significant improvements to Route 140 in the past few years and the county has completed several connector roads that could keep local traffic off the highway, which nearly 60,000 vehicles travel daily. The county also is working on a proposed plan for road systems in and around Westminster.

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