Rte. 32 improvements in Howard may be a long way down the road

But transportation official supports safety measures

March 27, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Maryland's new transportation secretary said yesterday that he supports safety improvements on Route 32 in western Howard County, but he implied that people shouldn't hold their breath waiting to hear whether the long-argued-over highway will be widened.

A decision about the road's future could be reached this year, next year or maybe not for a while, Robert L. Flanagan said after a meeting with the Chamber of Commerce in Howard.

There has been debate over whether to widen the road, which drops from four lanes to two at Route 108 in Clarksville. The State Highway Administration has offered three options for Route 32 as it runs from Route 108 to Interstate 70 in West Friendship: expand it to four lanes with interchanges, build only the interchanges or leave the road as it is.

Flanagan wouldn't say whether he favors one of those solutions.

"That's one of those global issues that a lot of people need to be involved in, people in the community," he said.

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