New light planned at Route 32 crossing

Growth, congestion lead to Progress Way signal

Construction set for summer

Eldersburg

February 15, 2005|By Katie Martin | Katie Martin,SUN STAFF

A traffic signal at Progress Way and Route 32 in Eldersburg is expected to be constructed this summer to help alleviate congestion in the area, officials said.

The cost of the project, including design and construction, will be split among the Maryland State Highway Administration, Carroll County government and Merritt Properties LLC, said Steven C. Horn, director of the Carroll County Department of Planning.

The estimated cost is $180,000, state highway officials said.

Merritt is paying slightly more than half of the total cost of the signal, said company spokeswoman Tamra R. Edwards.

Merritt is a commercial real estate firm that develops office and industrial properties in the Baltimore and Washington areas. The company owns the Eldersburg Business Center on Progress Way, which is home to several organizations, including a Merritt Athletic Club.

The light is necessary because of the growth in the area and the addition of businesses on Progress Way, Edwards said.

"We think the signal will be helpful for the safety and overall flow of the intersection," she said.

The intersection is currently controlled by stop signs. A recent analysis showed that traffic signals would be a better mechanism, said George Miller of the SHA. The evaluation considered current traffic and future growth in the area.

Merritt paid for the analysis, said Chris Letnaunchyn, traffic engineer for the Carroll County Department of Public Works.

Letnaunchyn said the intersection is in a busy area, with a post office, industrial development and other businesses in the vicinity.

The light will help with the side-street traffic, as drivers will be given the right of way to enter onto Route 32, he said. It also will help with the flow of traffic through several existing lights on the highway, before and after the Progress Way intersection.

The new signal will be synchronized with the Bennett Road signal, located to the north on Route 32, Letnaunchyn said. It also is close to Bartholow Road to the south.

"The progress through that corridor will be improved," Letnaunchyn said.

The project is in the middle of a lengthy design phase, but Edwards said officials "hope to start some of the field work on the intersection this summer."

Horn said the light would go up as soon as possible.

"There is an immediate need to create a safe crossing," Horn said.

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