Baltimore County Now
Kamenetz on the Red Line
Given Governor Hogan’s announcement that he will cancel the Red Line as currently planned, it is imperative that he tell us what he proposes as an alternative. The Baltimore region still needs reliable and accessible transportation options other than automobiles to allow people to get to and from work. Baltimore County is home to Social Security and CMS headquarters, with more than 16,000 employees, many of whom would have used the Red Line to come to work. Without presenting viable alternatives, the State not only forfeits available federal funding, it leaves Baltimore County, Baltimore City and the region stuck in traffic.
Crews Installing Major Water Line
Beginning this evening, Towsontown Boulevard between York Road and Virginia Avenue will be closed for one week while utility crews install a major water line through Towson. The closures will be between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
East-bound traffic will be detoured onto York Road, Chesapeake Avenue, and Virginia Avenue. West-bound traffic will be detoured to Virginia Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue and York.
Initial Survey Assessment to Begin in Late May
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that preliminary design work is underway to address years-old concerns about traffic congestion and pedestrian safety by widening the busy section of Windsor Mill Road between Woodlawn Drive and Featherbed Lane.
“This roadway is a major artery with heavy traffic and a lot of pedestrian activity,” said Kamenetz. “We have worked very closely with community leaders and elected officials to get to this point and we will continue this collaboration as this long-term solution makes its way through the process.” Kamenetz added that projects like this generally take several years to execute.
Crews are expected to begin surveying work on Windsor Mill for about three weeks starting in late May. County Department of Public Works engineers indicate that preliminary design work will take several months to complete, after which officials will meet with residents to get their input on proposed improvements. The overall project is estimated to cost $3 million and will include road widening and sidewalks on both sides of the street along the two-thirds of a mile stretch.
“The road is too narrow, and there is no safe place for people to walk,” said 4th District Councilman Julian E. Jones Jr. “The community came to the County and presented its case very well and I am pleased that the County Executive is moving forward to correct these safety concerns.”
This portion of Windsor Mill Road is primarily residential, but it is at the crossroads of commercial and school traffic. Adding roadway widening, sidewalks, new curbs and gutters, and new storm drains will facilitate both vehicular and pedestrian movement.