At least 100 people came out for a community meeting Tuesday held by Harford County public works and planning and zoning officials to address the controversial plan to extend Cedarday Drive to Route 136 in the Creswell area.
Many of those who attended, however, said they were leaving with their concerns unaddressed and questions unanswered.
The meeting Tuesday was held at Patterson Mill High School. Earlier this month, dozens of Cedarday community residents came out to a Harford County Council meeting to make their concerns heard, but council members gave no indication they would step in and try to prevent the project from going forward.
The meeting at Patterson Mill was set up as an informational session, followed by breakout sessions where residents could ask officials questions one-on-one.
Dozens of frustrated residents gathered around the county's chief highway engineer, Jeff Stratmeyer, who guided them out to the hallway and tried to answer all their questions.
Michelle Craft, a resident Green Cedar Drive, was one of the many who were not satisfied by what they heard.
"It's ridiculous…I think it's going to get uglier," she said of the meeting, pointing out that County Executive David Craig should be there instead of Stratmeyer.
"He is the wrong person to be here. He's just as defensive and angry as anybody," she said of the DPW engineer. "It would be nice if someone told us who we should go to."
Craft said the expanded road will destroy the neighborhood.
"We spent almost $1 million on our house and nobody told us there was going to be a road there," Craft said. "This is our livelihood. I think if we all put 'For Sale' on our houses, [developer] Toll Brothers would stop it [the road]."
Craft said she does not want to see Cedarday Drive extended under any circumstances, including to improve traffic conditions around their neighborhood and nearby Cedar Lane Regional Park.
"We moved from a neighborhood where people got hit," she said about the traffic problems. "Your crime rate goes up."
Stratmeyer tried to make himself heard in the pressing crowd, often raising his voice at people.
"I am not going to put in something that is going to potentially hold the county liable," he said about the safety concerns, explaining existing traffic safety regulations.
Back in the cafeteria, several residents said they thought the county officials were doing the best they could, although they were still unhappy with the project.
"It's a very necessary forum," Greg Wright, of Erin Way, said, explaining he thinks people expected to make their concerns heard publicly. "Now there's people fussing in the hallway and now we can't hear their points."
Wright said he would prefer to see no road extension and better speeding control measures.
"If I ran the world, there would be no extension," he said, but noted he did not think the officials at the meeting could change anything.
"The people who have the power to stop the process are not here," he continued. "I don't know there is a perfect solution. The perfect solution is to educate the public [on speeding]. But you can't legislate human behavior."
Karen Gaylord, of Cedarday Drive, also said she is not happy with the project but thinks officials are doing their best.