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March 20, 1994
An article in Friday's Carroll County editions of The Sun had erroneous information about the State Highway Administration'splans for widening Route 32 around Sykesville.The SHA said the work would only include widening the road shoulders along Route 32 from the Howard County line to Springfield Avenue, if money is available.The Sun regrets the error.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,Special to the Sun | December 16, 2007
Imagine driving Interstate 95 south from Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen to the Interstate 895/I-95 split in Baltimore in 22 minutes, at 65 mph, in rush hour traffic. Cutting the current drive time in half and doubling the average traveling speed is the objective of one of three options by state highway officials for a 16-mile section passing through Harford County. "Our purpose is to address the capacity and the safety issues of the highway," Melissa R. Williams, a planning manager for the Maryland Transportation Authority, said at a public hearing last week in Abingdon.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | January 12, 1998
A proposal to widen Montgomery Road in Elkridge is drawing reservations from nearby residents who live on the busy thoroughfare.Howard County transportation officials are considering a recommendation to widen Montgomery Road between Marshalee Road and U.S. 1 from two lanes to three. Another suggestion involves installing left-turn lanes at some intersections.A public meeting on both proposals, which resulted from a study of existing and future traffic patterns on the road, will be held tonight from 7 to 9 in the Ellicott Room of the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | December 1, 2004
In a direct challenge to the Ehrlich administration, a conservation group announced last night that it will file suit to block state funding for widening a congested two-lane road in western Howard County, arguing that the project would lead to a loss of farms and open space on the Baltimore area's fringes, and undermine Maryland's nationally recognized Smart Growth policies. Leaders of the group, 1000 Friends of Maryland, said they will file a notice of intent to sue -- to ask a Circuit Court judge in the next few days to overturn a Board of Public Works decision in July to exempt the Route 32 widening project from the state's strict Smart Growth law, which limits state funding for roads, sewer lines and other public facilities to existing communities.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1996
It isn't exactly the Hatfields and the McCoys, but the question of what to do with the stretch of Mountain Road that runs through Lake Shore has caused its share of arguments.Homeowners on the south side of the road support -- if half-heartedly -- a state plan to widen it. But some merchants with businesses along the road are backing a county councilman's proposal to build a bypass.The business owners have called for a public meeting to discuss possible solutions at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Hall.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1996
More than 80 Pasadena residents last night turned a forum on how to relieve traffic on Mountain Road into a united stand against developers and the Anne Arundel County planners who issue permits to the builders."
NEWS
December 9, 1990
WESTMINSTER - East Main Street residents, gathered at Thursday's TreeAction meeting to hear about a reconstruction project, agreed the road should not be widened during renovations.TreeAction is a citizen's group hoping to save the century-old trees along the reconstruction route.While most said the planned upgrade of storm water and utilities would be beneficial, they also said widening the road uniformly 40 feet would only increase traffic in the area."It'll make it a bigger race track than it already is," said Raymond Corbin, a city resident for 87 years.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,Staff Writer | October 31, 1993
Proposals to upgrade Boston Street from Fells Point to Canton, including one to widen the bumpy four-lane thoroughfare to six lanes, have sparked conflict among Southeast Baltimore community groups.Fells Point residents and business owners worry that traffic from a widened Boston Street will bottleneck at the entrance to their historic neighborhood.A Canton watchdog group worries that a wider street may be a waste of money when mass transit alternatives have not been explored.And newcomers to the Canton area, who purchased expensive waterfront homes, believe widening Boston Street, from Chester to Conkling streets, is long overdue.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | October 13, 1996
The politicians are fighting over Mountain Road: Should Anne Arundel County spend money to widen it or to study building a bypass?Four state legislators have asked Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary to take $200,000 away from a planned study of a Mountain Road bypass and spend it, instead, to add a lane to the eastbound and westbound sides of Mountain Road between Route 100 and Lake Shore Drive.The legislators -- Republican Dels. John R. Leopold and Victoria L. Schade and Democratic Sen. Philip C. Jimeno and Del. Joan Cadden -- said they are lobbying for their proposal because they envision too many obstacles to the $12 million bypass project, a 2 1/2 -mile, two-lane parallel route linking Magothy Bridge Road to Mountain Road between South Carolina and Maryland avenues in Lake Shore.
NEWS
October 5, 1998
OUT OF SIGHT, out of mind is the only answer officials have come up with to complaints about noisy traffic on Route 32. It had been suggested that planting trees might muffle the vehicles that can be heard through the closed windows of nearby houses. The State Highway Administration now says trees won't help much, but it will plant some anyway.Plans to plant more than 800 evergreen trees on each side of Route 32 near Columbia and Clarksville were announced a week ago by state Sen. Christopher J. McCabe at a River Hill village board meeting.
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By Kevin T. McVey and Kevin T. McVey,SUN STAFF | November 15, 2004
State highway officials are planning to spend more than $13 million to improve York Road in the Lutherville and Timonium areas. Plans call for the road to be widened along a stretch just north of the Beltway in Lutherville. Another project would improve the intersection of York and Padonia roads. The $650,000 worth of improvements for the intersection will include widening the northbound lanes of York Road to create a second left-turn lane. The transportation department also plans to upgrade the traffic signals and install a new traffic barrier.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | May 16, 2004
The State Highway Administration has narrowed to three its list of possible upgrade plans for a nine-mile stretch of Route 3, one of Anne Arundel County's busiest commuter roads. Two of the plans - each projected to cost $400 million or more - would add lanes to the stretch between Millersville and Bowie, where the road intersects with U.S. 50. Crofton and Bowie residents have complained for years about increased congestion on Route 3. The state expects that virtually all intersections in the stretch will be unable to serve traffic demands within 20 years.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | May 16, 2004
The State Highway Administration has narrowed to three its list of possible upgrade plans for a nine-mile stretch of Route 3, one of Anne Arundel County's busiest commuter roads. Two of the plans - each projected to cost $400 million or more - would add lanes to the stretch between Millersville and Bowie, where the road intersects with Route 50. Crofton and Bowie residents have complained for years about increased congestion on Route 3. The state expects that virtually all intersections in the stretch will be unable to serve traffic demands within 20 years.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | December 15, 2002
Probably the most contentious transportation issue in Howard is what to do about the two-lane stretch of Route 32 that has been carrying an ever-heavier burden of commuter traffic ever more slowly across the county's western landscape. For several years, some transportation planners and residents have argued that for safety and convenience, the road ought to become the multi-lane artery west of Route 108 at Clarksville that it is east to Anne Arundel County. Other residents, however, have argued that keeping Route 32 two lanes is vital to avoid total suburbanization of the county's rural west.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | November 14, 2000
A panel of experts considering the effect of widening Route 32 through western Howard County had its first and only public meeting last night. Neil J. Pederson, deputy administrator of the State Highway Administration, told the seven-member panel that two work sessions set for Dec. 12 and Jan. 16 will be closed to the public. Pederson's announcement was protested by Dan Pontious, director of the Baltimore Regional Partnership, an umbrella group of five civic and environmental organizations.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | November 14, 2000
A panel of experts considering the effect of widening Route 32 through western Howard County had its first and only public meeting last night. Neil J. Pederson, deputy administrator of the State Highway Administration, told the seven-member panel that two work sessions set for Dec. 12 and Jan. 16 will be closed to the public. Pederson's announcement was protested by Dan Pontious, director of the Baltimore Regional Partnership, an umbrella group of five civic and environmental organizations.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | January 13, 1998
Almost all of the 75 Elkridge residents at a public hearing last night agreed on the need to solve traffic problems on Montgomery Road.What they couldn't agree on was a solution."
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | May 16, 2004
The State Highway Administration has narrowed to three its list of possible upgrade plans for a nine-mile stretch of Route 3, one of Anne Arundel County's busiest commuter roads. Two of the plans - each projected to cost $400 million or more - would add lanes to the stretch between Millersville and Bowie, where the road intersects with U.S. 50. Crofton and Bowie residents have complained for years about increased congestion on Route 3. The state expects that virtually all intersections in the stretch will be unable to serve traffic demands within 20 years.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2000
Thanks but no thanks. That was the message from Howard County residents who showed up at a Planning Board hearing last night in Ellicott City. Don't build a footbridge in Gorman Park in North Laurel, they told officials. Don't widen Dorsey Run Road. Don't build too many facilities and ball fields in Western Regional Park in Glenwood. Don't build a golf course in West Friendship. Don't put in more storm drains in Font Hill. Don't widen Whiskey Bottom Road. There were a few projects residents wanted.
NEWS
October 5, 1998
OUT OF SIGHT, out of mind is the only answer officials have come up with to complaints about noisy traffic on Route 32. It had been suggested that planting trees might muffle the vehicles that can be heard through the closed windows of nearby houses. The State Highway Administration now says trees won't help much, but it will plant some anyway.Plans to plant more than 800 evergreen trees on each side of Route 32 near Columbia and Clarksville were announced a week ago by state Sen. Christopher J. McCabe at a River Hill village board meeting.
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