6:13 PM EST, March 3, 2013
A stretch of Seven Courts Drive in Perry Hall where a local resident was killed in 2012 will be reconstructed this spring an effort to slow traffic and improve safety.
County Councilman David Marks, whose 5th District includes Perry Hall, announced the project Feb. 13 by the county Department of Public Works. He said the $10,000 project should be finished by Memorial Day.
Plans call for installing a brick island with pedestrian crossing on the road between the Seven Oaks Senior Center and Seven Oaks Elementary School.
The county will reconfigure Seven Oaks Drive between the Weis Market shopping center and the traffic circle so there is a two-way center turn lane, a single eastbound and westbound lane and parking lanes, Marks said. Existing pavement markings will be removed, replaced with new lanes designated with reflective paint.
The councilman noted that this stretch of road was the site of a hit-and-run that killed a local resident, Dorothy Moore, in January 2012. He said he has received numerous complaints about speeding and collisions on Seven Courts Drive.
"Seven Courts Drive is one of the busiest corridors in Perry Hall, but unfortunately it was never designed with pedestrians in mind," Marks said. "I think these changes will help."
Dennis Robinson, president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association, welcomed the traffic-calming measures, noting that association vice president Jack Amrhein had testified in favor of them before the Baltimore County Planning Board.
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