Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

October 07, 2007

A vote against widening road

The proposal to add an interchange to Route 295 at Hanover Road in Anne Arundel County, and the accompanying proposal to widen 295 and a portion of Hanover Road, will do nothing more than further deplete the green space of a state watershed and invite office parks and congestion to grow in the last bastion of sustainable development along the loop around BWI Marshall Airport.

The widening and development of Hanover Road will result in the displacement of residents, as well as the elimination of 36 acres of forest including "protected" land in the Patapsco Valley State Park.

Hanover Road is a narrow, winding county lane. Running through a residential community from Old Washington Boulevard east to Ridge Road, the passage was never meant to be a major traffic conduit. The expected increase in traffic will inhibit the safety of the residents of Hanover Road as well as residents of neighboring communities.

It appears that the state and local governments are giving lip service to the notion of sustainable development. Destroying parkland and endangering pedestrian and bicycle traffic along an old country road for the sake of business parks is crudity in its most arrogant form.

For more information on the project please see the SHA Web site: www.sha.state.md.us/WebProjectLifeCycle/ ProjectInformation.asp?projectno=AA372112.

M.J. Wojewodzki Elkridge

The writer is a member of the Elkridge South Main Street Neighborhood Group.

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