Balto. County gets $16.4 million for road projects

October 14, 2004|By Kevin T. McVey | Kevin T. McVey,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County has been allocated $16.4 million in the state highway budget for concept design and streetscape projects, Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele announced yesterday at a news conference in Overlea.

The improvements announced yesterday include three miles of Route 7 (Philadelphia Road) between U.S. 40 and the Beltway, and a section of U.S. 1 from the Baltimore City line to the Beltway for concept planning.

The segment between U.S. 40 and the Baltimore City line was allotted $2.1 million for engineering and $14.1 million for construction. The improvements are necessary to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Steele said. Improvements will consist of repairing and overlaying the pavement; constructing turn lanes where necessary; repairing sidewalks; constructing curbs, gutters and drains; and adding a shoulder for bicycles. Additional lighting and crosswalks will also be part of the work.

State officials said Route 7 had deteriorated, particularly for pedestrians.

Del. Joseph C. Boteler III, a Republican from the 8th District in Baltimore County, said of the sidewalks in Rosedale and Overlea, "Public safety is absolutely critical for communities to prosper. A secure neighborhood attracts residents and merchants."

Preliminary engineering on Route 7 is slated to begin next year, with construction beginning in 2006.

Concept development is scheduled to begin next year for improvements on U.S. 1 between the Beltway and the Baltimore City line.

Goals for the $200,000 study include improving access to commercial and residential buildings; upgrading the roads and pedestrian accessibility; bringing the sidewalks into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; and enhancing drainage and landscaping.

The Baltimore County highway projects are part of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s $237 million state transportation funding package.

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