SHA begins repair work on York Road

1.3 miles from Towson to Northern Pkwy. affected

December 15, 2003|By Linda Linley | Linda Linley,SUN STAFF

The State Highway Administration has started repair work along the York Road corridor, from Northern Parkway in the city to Stevenson Lane in Towson, as part of a $6.2 million project.

Lanes will be closed temporarily over the next two weeks as crews begin repairing the pavement to prepare for a major reconstruction and landscaping project that will begin in late January, SHA officials said.

Called the York Road Neighborhood Conservation Program, it is expected to be completed by the summer of 2005.

The project was proposed in June 2000 and received community approval in October 2001, said Russ Anderson, the highway designer for the SHA. The project was rebid in August after the first bids came in too high, Anderson said.

The 1.3-mile project, funded by the highway administration, the Maryland Transit Administration and Baltimore County, includes road repair and resurfacing; road widening to accommodate new left-turn lanes at Drumcastle Center, a county office building, and at St. Pius X School; installation of sidewalks to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act; drainage upgrades; new pedestrian lighting; traffic signal and sign improvements; construction of low planter walls at several locations; and extensive landscaping.

It also includes improvements to short sections of Regester Avenue and Murdock and Windwood roads in the Anneslie neighborhood, and Lake Avenue. The service road that runs parallel to York Road in Stoneleigh also will be improved.

Vince Ayd, owner of Ayd Hardware in the 6700 block of York Road, said the project could be disruptive to business, but he recognizes the need for the improvements and enhancements it will bring to the area.

"It will be a sacrifice for the time being," he said. "The outcome will be positive, but it won't come without some pain."

The county is contributing $1.26 million for the improvements and the MTA is providing $1.6 million, part of which will be for landscaping improvements around bus stops in the city. The rest will be funded by the highway administration.

SHA spokeswoman Kellie Boulware said the administration and the contractor, Machado Construction Co. Inc. of Baltimore, are aware of community concerns about noise and traffic, and will try to minimize the impact on homes and businesses in the vicinity.

Temporary lane closures and changes to traffic patterns will be permitted daily, except between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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