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The following is a letter, dated July 21, 2011, from Harford County Executive David Craig to residents of the Cedarday communities regarding the proposed extension of Cedarday Drive:
Dear Citizens of Harford County, Residents of Cedarday & Cedarday Estates:
The County is proposing to complete the long awaited connection of Cedarday Drive this fall. For the past month my office, along with the County Council and notably the Department of Public Works have received numerous inquiries concerning this project. All are extremely important and will be responded to in the next several weeks. Representatives from my office and the Department of Public Works have been working, and will continue to work with concerned residents on addressing some of the very valid concerns that were brought forward by members of the community. I have read every letter, seen every e-mail and have been kept informed of this issue and its impact on Harford County as a whole and the Cedarday Community. At this time, I would like to convey to you several important concerns raised by the community and my thoughts on those issues.
Can the project be suspended or delayed?
To suspend or delay the project would impact the timing of the two scheduled road improvement projects on Wheel Road.
Wheel Road needs to be rebuilt as soon as possible due to its condition, while Cedarday Extension is necessary to avoid significant disruption to traffic in this area. In addition, the Cedarday Extension has been, and continues to be part of an overall plan to interconnect the county's road network. This was evidenced in the Preliminary Plan Approval that was given to the developer as a condition for development. In essence, the road and connection exist because the community was built, and the impact of that community on the existing road network.
How can the traffic speed be controlled?
A sub-committee will be organized to work with selected residents of Cedarday to develop traffic calming measures. It is the intent of the County to have these installed prior to the completion of Cedarday Drive Extension.
What will the projected volume of traffic be on the road?
Cedarday Extension will be constructed as a 24 foot wide road for 2-way traffic with a bituminous concrete (asphalt) surface.
The County will be conducting traffic counts at key locations in the area, obtain information from the sports complex, determine the future development in the corridor, and analyze the current traffic patterns. The intent of the study is to determine what modifications could be made to improve ingress and egress to the Cedarday Community while not making it an attractive alternative from the logical commuter roads.
As has been stated before, the county will be looking to install traffic calming devices before the road is open to traffic.
What can be done to minimize the impact of traffic from the Sports Complex on the residential community?
The County along with several community representatives from Cedarday and Cedarday Estates met in early July with the park to discuss their operation and the impact of the Cedarday Community when the Cedarday Road is completed. During that meeting the following recommendations were made:
Control direction of traffic to and from the park;
Restrict bus and truck traffic from using Cedarday and Cedar Lane;
Request considerations for timing of events;
Have park request Sheriff's Office to direct traffic for park events, or have Park staff assigned to direct traffic away from Cedarday Drive during major park events.
A letter from Cedar Lane Park resulting from that meeting is included as an attachment to this letter.
Can the County investigate improving Cedar Lane versus construction of Cedarday Extension?
The County and developer concluded very early in the planning process that improving Cedar Lane was not a viable option due to a number of concerns including but not limited to grades, ability for county or developer to secure right of way, access, etc. As a result, the developer constructed a $1.2 million dollar bridge on Cedarday Drive in 2006 intended for the Cedarday Drive extension. In 2010 the County Transportation Plan Cedarday Drive was functionally classified as a collector road. In addition the Cedarday Drive extension was a requirement of the Cedarday Preliminary Plan approval granted to the developer in 1986. Therefore, the current proposed alignment has been a long time plan in the making.
Why are we doing this project and not some other project?