Commissioners Name Transportation Priorities

Carroll County Board of Commissioners agree on priority transportation projects the county will submit to the Maryland Department of Transportation.

The has agreed on transportation priorities for Carroll County.

Carroll County Bureau of Planning Chief Daphne Daly explained that county representatives met with each municipality to discuss transportation priorities. The following projects have been deemed priorities by the county and will be submitted to the State Highway Administration for consideration.

MD 32 (MD 26 south to Carroll County line)

This project is listed as the county's top priority for New Highway Capacity. The project includes widening the roadway from two to four lanes and adding bicycle and pedestrian facilities in some areas. According to the county, MD 32 is a heavily traveled commuter route, linking Carroll County with I-70 and the Baltimore-Washington region. Improvements in this corridor are needed to ease communter congestion and increase access to employment areas.

MD 97 (south of Pleasant Valley Road to MD 140 in Westminster)

This project is listed as the county's second priority for New Highway Capacity. The project includes widening the roadway from three to five lanes, a full interchange (all turns and traffic movements are possible) at Meadow Branch Road and adding bicycle/pedestrian facilities. According to county documents, this portion of MD 97 handles a significant amount of commuter traffic from the northern part of the county and Pennsylvania. 

MD 140 Reconstruction Project (Sullivan Road to Market Street)

The project is the county's top priority for Design and Engineering. The project includes widening the roadway from six to eight lanes, with a full interchange MD 97 and continuous flow intersections at Center Street and Englar Road, along with pedestrian and bike facilities. The county said this portion of MD 140 is the most heavily traveled segment of roadway in the county.

MD 30 Main Street in Hampstead

This project is the county's top priority for neighborhood conservation. The completion of the Hampstead Bypass removed a significant amount of through traffic from the downtown area. This project would begin to restore the town's historic Main Street to an attractive and pedestrian-friendly urban local roadway according to a county document. The project would include improvements to sidewalks, crosswalks, signal timing and travel lanes.

MD 31 New Windsor Main Street/High Street Revitalization

Approximately 10 years ago, the town of New Windsor worked with State Highway Administration to develop a streetscape plan for MD 31, which includes Main Street and High Street. The streetscape project was stopped in 2002, when project funding ended. New Windsor wants to continue the preliminary engineering phase of this project, which will result in improvements to sidewalks, streetscaping, pedestrian crossings, and roadway improvements.

MD 851 Sykesville Main Street/Springfield Avenue

MD 32 handles most of the through traffic, bypassing the downtown area. this project would involve roadway reconstruction and improvements to pedestrian and bicycle facilities, as well as inclusion of streetscaping features. It will help to restore the town's historic Main Street.

MD 30 Manchester Congestion Relief

MD 30 through the town of Manchester experiences heavy traffic volumes during the morning and evening rush hour due to heavy commuter traffic. A bypass around the town has been planned for many years but, the county recognizes that funding for the bypass likely won't be avaialble for some time. The project now calls for a study of the specific causes of congestion and the critical choke points and to identify a set of solutions that can be pursued incrementally or collectively as funding and timing allows.


The information in this article was taken from a document distributed at a commissioner open meeting session.

Kym Byrnes (Editor) May 17, 2012 at 03:47 PM
What other transportation projects do you think need attention in Carroll County?
WestMonster May 17, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Englar Rd from 140 to Monroe St. Too many shopping center entrance/exits, and some control is needed at Monroe St. Good luck trying to turn left, and impossible for pedestrians. Shopping centers should close some access points and county should evaluate a roundabout there.
DaveW May 17, 2012 at 08:38 PM
WestMonster, I totally agree with you on that one. That section of Englar Road was bad enough before the new Food Lion and Chic-fil-A opened for business. Now it is a complete disaster. It would be nice if they could do something about that, especially if it would allow the left turn lanes from Westbound MD 140 to let traffic through more than 8-10 cars at a time. They need to divert all traffic from the shopping centers on each side of Englar Road out to a controlled access point at Monroe street and implement either a roundabout or a properly timed traffic signal to keep traffic moving and eliminate the dangerous congestion there. One thing I do not understand is why the widening of MD 140 at the west end of town did not go just a little further to Royer Road. It is a complete bottle neck there. I come off of Royer Road onto 140 every morning and have to merge into a single lane (while dealing with rude drivers that speed up so that you cannot get into traffic) and creep along at 25 mph until the second lane starts prior to WMC drive. Then coming home, it's the same thing all over again. Everybody merges into one single lane, even though 35-40% of the traffic turns at Royer Road anyway. Why not extend the second eastbound lane and have it start at Royer Road so that we have an actual lane to merge into (as they finally did at the MD 97 ramp where lane 3 starts.) They could then extend the leftmost westbound lane and terminate it as the left-turn-only lane at Royer Road.
jag May 18, 2012 at 02:34 AM
What about the MD 97/MD 32 intersection. Left turn lanes are needed in both directions on MD 32. A right turn lane is needed on north bound MD 97. The flashing light at MD 32 & Kate Wagner needs to be a full functioning light. Needs to be a safer egress from MD 97 to west bound MD 26.
JoeEldersburg May 19, 2012 at 12:06 AM
How about the redesign of 26 aka the Boulevard District...the No 1 state road construction priority the past 6 years or so? What happened to this cluster of a road?
brad geiman October 04, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Union mills 97 md to jiffymart close to getting on 140 is a parking lot from 630u on. Whats going on


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