New sidewalk construction begins along Honeygo Blvd. in Balto. Co.

Perry Hall residents have sought improvements for years in high-traffic area

March 28, 2011|By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun

Perry Hall residents have spent years pleading for new sidewalks along parts of busy Honeygo Boulevard, trying to keep pedestrians safe from the cars and trucks that whiz by.

This week, their efforts will pay off as Baltimore County pours $125,000 into new sidewalks along that stretch.

The county will build a 750-foot section of sidewalk on Ebenezer Road, and a 1,700-foot section on Honeygo between White Marsh Boulevard and Silver Spring Road. The project started Monday and could be finished by the end of the week, officials said.

"It's a project that meets the needs of the community and makes a lot of good, common sense," said Edward C. Adams Jr., director of the Baltimore County Department of Public Works.

Parents of Joppa View Elementary students say they cannot walk their children to school because of the traffic in the 8700 block of Honeygo, PTA president Patty Smith said.

"Safety is a concern of ours. We've got buses and cars coming in and out all of the time," Smith said. "We're really happy about it, and hope this is the first step in making Honeygo a lot safer."

The PTA has also discussed requesting a traffic signal that would be activated during school arrival and dismissal times, and improving parking, she said.

The Perry Hall Improvement Association recommended the sidewalk construction to improve the area for walkers, joggers and cyclists, and to better connect the Northgate Hall and Tremper Farms communities.

County Councilman David Marks, a past president of the association and longtime Perry Hall resident, said he takes personal pride in the project.

"It isn't about just building sidewalks," Marks said. "It's about improving safety, connecting neighborhoods and funding improvements that should have been finished 20 years ago."

Previous efforts to address the "sidewalk gaps," such as road striping, did not work, Marks said, adding that speculation about potential development near Honeygo helped to keep the sidewalk construction on the county's back burner.

Better late than never, said Dennis Robinson, the association's current president.

"We are pleased to see the first concrete results. Yes, that pun was intended," Robinson said.

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