Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

November 02, 2003

Forget bypass; extend Interstate 795 to Pa.

First we hear Manchester needs a Route 30 bypass; next we learn that Hampstead cannot survive without a Route 30 bypass; and, we all know that Westminster has needed a Route 140 bypass for 40 years.

What's the utility of a bypass? It untangles a traffic snarl for a couple of miles, and then just piles it up again somewhere down the road.

What's the cause of the traffic jams on the two roads in question? Cars and trucks from Pennsylvania trying to get to/from Interstate 795. The obvious solution then is to simply extend Interstate 795 to Pennsylvania. Build an extension taking it slightly east of Patapsco and Aspen Run, west of Bachman Mills and Deep Run, and connect it to Route 97 somewhere north of Silver Run. In other words, put the problem traffic where it belongs: in Pennsylvania. (Interchanges at Routes 91, 482, 27 and 496 would serve Maryland traffic.)

Jim Bard

Westminster

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