Engineering work begins on intersection

Improvements planned for Route 32 junction

March 10, 2004|By Liz F. Kay | Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF

Standing at a Glenelg intersection yesterday, state transportation officials stressed the need to fund improvements for one of the most congested and dangerous crossroads on Route 32 .

Engineering work is getting under way for an interchange at Burntwoods Road in Glenelg, said State Highway Administrator Neil J. Pedersen. If the project is included in the state budget, construction could begin in the spring of 2007, he said.

The $20 million to $25 million project calls for construction of a bridge over Route 32 connecting Burntwoods and Ivory roads. The project would eliminate traffic signals at Burntwoods and Ten Oaks roads and create service roads on Ten Oaks and Pfefferkorn roads to provide access to Route 32.

"What we want to do is tie all of these together into one intersection," said project manager Heather Murphy.

The interchange would be compatible with two or four lanes of Route 32, Pederson said.

The proposed $200 million widening of Route 32 to four lanes has been a contentious issue, with residents fearful that the highway would bring more traffic and sprawl to western Howard County.

"This stretch of road is one of the unsafest stretches in the state," said Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan.

In 1998, five people died along a nine-mile portion of Route 32, between Route 108 and Interstate 70, said State Highway Administration spokesman Dave Buck.

"The safety history in this area compels the decision to go forward," Flanagan said.

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