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Repairs to Continue Into the Evening Commute

Overnight on Wednesday, June 12, a water main break occurred in the area of York Road near Padonia Road. Early indication is that construction work for a water main tie-in on York Road, just south of Padonia Road, led to the major water main break on a 12-inch diameter pipe. The road was extensively damaged when the pipe failed, leaving a crevasse eight feet deep, 30 feet wide and 50 feet long, just south of the Padonia-York intersection.

All lanes of traffic were closed early this morning between Padonia Road and Roosevelt Street and traffic has been detoured onto I-83. Drivers should expect rush hour congestion and they should use alternate routes if available.

Repair work, which began this afternoon, may require that water service be turned off to some businesses near the break as work progresses, but no major water outages are expected at this point.

The work on York Road is part of an extensive water main renewal project, which began in 2013, and extends from Towson to Cockeysville as Baltimore County is replacing old lines with new and larger water mains to provide for growing demand. Baltimore City owns and repairs the water system in Baltimore County, but Baltimore County is responsible for major line replacements like those on York Road.

We will keep the public updated on the progress of the repairs.

Digital speed signs are in response to concerns raised at town hall meeting

County Executive Johnny Olszewski and 5th District Councilman David Marks announced jointly that the County Department of Public Works will initiate a traffic calming pilot program that will position digital speed signs around the County to help mitigate high-speed drivers in residential neighborhoods as part of a comprehensive traffic calming strategy.

“Councilman Marks and I heard loud and clear at last week’s town hall meeting that our residents are very concerned about drivers speeding through their neighborhoods,” Olszewski said. “Councilman Marks has advocated for using digital speed monitoring systems to slow down drivers and I am pleased that we are moving ahead with a pilot program,” Olszewski said. 

“Traffic safety was a major concern raised at the fifth district town hall meeting,” Marks said. I commend County Executive Olszewski for working so quickly to create this pilot program on speed sign technology.”

The pilot program will deploy one digital speed monitoring system in each of the County’s seven councilmatic districts with the results to be reviewed by traffic experts in the Department of Public Works. The timeline and logistical details of the pilot program are currently in development. 

Currently the Police Department has five portable digital speed monitoring signs that are placed as needed at locations around the County. This new pilot program will enhance these efforts. 

Traffic Circle at Tufton, Greenspring and Worthington Avenues is Easing Congestion

Baltimore County’s horse country has a new traffic roundabout at the intersection of Tufton, Greenspring and Worthington Avenues. Two years in the planning, the traffic improvement is already easing a well-known choke point and making life at rush hour a little easier for thousands of drivers. Construction of the $1.1 million roundabout began in July and includes two splitter islands, which funnel traffic through the roundabout.

“Worthington Valley’s new roundabout is a great example of public-private cooperation,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “The County and State were joined by the Valleys Planning Council who provided financial support, and by local landowners, including St. John Properties, and Kevin Plank, CEO of UnderArmour and owner of Sagamore Farm, who granted rights of way to make this project possible, while the County’s Department of Public Works managed the project.” Kamenetz noted that 388 acres of the Sagamore Farm property are permanently preserved from development through the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation and another 50 acres owned by Plank are under a Maryland Environmental Trust preservation easement. 

Each day this busy intersection is used by 15,000 vehicles from Tufton Avenue, 11,000 from Greenspring Avenue and 7,000 from Worthington Avenue. Prior to the installation of the traffic circle, morning backups would often exceed one mile. The traffic regulator – stamped concrete that simulates brick, with center planter and flanking splitter islands – improves traffic congestion and leaves an unobstructed view of some of the County’s most beautiful landscape.

Revised September 11, 2017