Crews begin work along Harford Road

Pedestrian safety is goal in Parkville-Carney area

November 11, 2003|By David Anderson | David Anderson,SUN STAFF

The State Highway Administration has begun work on projects designed to improve pedestrian safety along Harford Road in the Parkville-Carney area.

The improvements, which crews started last week, are between the Baltimore City line and Joppa Road. They include new crosswalks and other traffic-calming measures, stop lines to show motorists approaching Harford Road on side streets where to stop, 4-foot-wide bicycle lanes and a new traffic light.

Installation of the traffic light, at Harford and Emerald roads, will begin Dec. 1 and should be completed by early next year, said Lora Rakowski, a State Highway Administration spokeswoman.

The highway administration will apply crosswalk striping at nine intersections that are unmarked, and will create bicycle lanes on the northbound and southbound sides of Harford between Park Terrace and Hiss Avenue.

Officials say the lanes will narrow the busy thoroughfare and should help reduce speeds.

Rakowski said the light and the other improvements will cost about $100,000 and are expected to be completed by early spring, weather permitting.

The painting of crosswalks and bicycle lanes will occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and should have a "very minimal" impact on traffic, she said.

The highway administration said the improvements were requested by Dels. Joseph C. Boteler III and John W.E. Cluster Jr., Republicans who represent Parkville and Carney.

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