Ceremony today will launch Dundalk road beautification

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

October 18, 2006

Work is set to begin on a project to enhance the entrance to a Dundalk community.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for today on a $40,000 landscaping project on St. Monica Drive, the main street through North Point Village, according to Baltimore County officials.

Enhancements to the median are to include trees, ground cover, perennial flowerbeds and new grass. Members of the newly revitalized North Point Village Community Association worked with the county's Office of Community Conservation to design the landscaping features.

The county's investment includes a one-year maintenance contract. The contractor is to train community members to take over upkeep of the landscaping.

At the groundbreaking ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m. at St. Monica Drive and North Point Boulevard, County Executive James T. Smith Jr. is to present a citation to community leader Jimmy O'Toole for his work in reviving the community association.

Perry Hall

Belair Road upgrades planned

An additional lane, upgraded traffic signals, road resurfacing and landscaping are among the elements of a $3.2 million project to improve Belair Road in Perry Hall, state officials said.

The $3.2 million improvements are designed to reduce traffic congestion and increase safety on Belair Road between Cottington Road and India Avenue, an area that includes the intersection with Joppa Road.

Planned improvements include the construction of a right-turn lane on northbound Belair Road at Perry Hall Elementary School, upgraded pedestrian signals at intersections, and trees and shrubs and other landscaping. Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2008.

More than 30,000 vehicles a day travel the Belair Road corridor, and the area of the highway in Perry Hall has a crash rate above the state average for similar roads, officials said.

State officials also are planning an $8 million project in Owings Mills to widen a portion of Reisterstown Road and improve an intersection at Painters Mill Road. The project will include designated turn lanes, sidewalks and wider curb lanes to accommodate bikes. The money will be used to finalize engineering design and purchase rights of way. More than 43,600 vehicles travel Reisterstown Road each day, officials said. Engineers estimate that traffic volume will increase by 2023 to nearly 64,750 vehicles per day.

Cockeysville

County planner to speak Friday

Baltimore County Planning Director Arnold F. "Pat" Keller III is the scheduled speaker at the Falls Road Community Association's annual dinner meeting Friday.

The meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Oregon Ridge Lodge on Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville. The cost is $30 per person, and reservations are requested.

Information: 410-823-9200.

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