The median on Route 152 by the new Aumar Village shopping center in Fallston is being modified to soon allow drivers of vehicles northbound on Route 152 to make a left turn into the property, which is on the southwest corner of the busy Route 1/Route 152 intersection, but not left out of the shopping center across southbound Route 152 to get to the northbound side.
The Maryland State Highway Administration is putting a break in the median, about 900 feet north of Route 1 to allow a left turn into the center.
Despite some community concerns to the contrary, David Buck, a State Highway Administration spokesman, confirmed Tuesday that a left turn out of the center will not be allowed.
Drivers of vehicles southbound on Route 152 are allowed to make a right turn into the shopping center and a right turn out of the shopping center to go southbound on Route 152.
Aumar Village already has a McDonald's. A CVS Pharmacy and Texas Roadhouse restaurant are under way, with a branch of Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union in the works.
Buck said the traffic situation on Route 152 was all part of the development review process approved in May with an access permit for work at that entrance.
"They asked for and we supported the median break," Buck said, noting that arrangement would "absolutely" be able to support the volume of traffic in the area.
Developer Mike Euler will be required to do an analysis for a traffic signal when the site is 75 percent occupied as well as after 100 percent occupancy, he said.
Euler got a permit May 4 to build one commercial monumental entrance with a "Maryland 'T' channelization" in the median.
Other improvements on the site include full-depth pavement widening, resurfacing, curb and gutter, storm drain systems, signing and pavement markings.
Aumar Village is more than a decade in the making and residents had flocked to community input meetings in 2008 and 2009 to ask about traffic congestion.
It was also found after several traffic studies that entrances and exits on southbound Route 1 will be right in, right out and northbound will be left in only.
On Route 152, it is a right in, right out entrance and exit with a "Maryland T" near the bank, which will be similar to what is at the Bel Air Bypass at Route 24 near Harford Mall.
Euler says a traffic light most likely won't be needed since the light at Harford Road should give enough of an interruption in traffic to allow drivers to enter and exit the shopping center safely.
The shopping center, he believes, will also ease traffic going into Bel Air or Abingdon, where many residents go to do regular errands.
Texas Roadhouse will be launching its first location in Harford County there and is set to open Oct. 1.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun