Over 12 miles of roads in Towson, including large portions of West Towson, Rodgers Forge and Towson Manor Village, will be resurfaced before the end of 2014, Councilman David Marks announced this week.
"The schedule for this resurfacing will depend on other projects throughout the county, as well as the weather, but it is a sizable investment in the Towson area," Marks said in a statement. "Between 2012 and 2014, Baltimore County will have invested more than $3.6 million in roads in the 5th District."
Marks said the money will be in the FY13 and FY14 budgets, and he has spent the last several weeks determining the roads with county officials.
While most of the resurfacing is planned for withing residential communities, Marks said three of Towson's most heavily traveled roads would be repaved: 1.5 miles of Stevenson Lane between Hillen Road and York Road; a 1-mile portion of Pennsylvania Avenue between Railroad Avenue in East Towson, and Highland Avenue in West Towson; and Susquehanna Avenue in downtown Towson. The statement outlined these resurfacing projects:
• In Rodgers Forge:
Blenheim, Dorking, Dumbarton, Dunkirk, Gaywood, Glen Argyle, Heathfield, Hopkins, Midhurst, Murdock, Overbrook and Pinehurst roads, plus Regester Avenue will be resurfaced. Regester Avenue, Glen Argyle Road and Heathfield Road will be repaved first, with the rest paved after upgrades are made to the sewer lines.
• In Towson Manor Village:
Linden Terrace, Linden, Maryland, Susquehanna, and Williow avenues have been selected for resurfacing in Towson Manor Village.
• In West Towson:
Burnbrae Road, Woodbine Terrace, Park and Woodbine avenues, Debaugh, Central and Highland avenues will be resurfaced. The latter three will be completed after gas and water upgrades.
Marks said Edgewood Road in Anneslie would be resurfaced, but Marks said he asked the Department of Public Works to add neighborhoods not included, such as Idlewylde and Stoneleigh to a list of priorities as soon as possible.
"Neighborhood leaders have made it clear that they want Towson's roads improved and I plan to keep working for more resources for Towson," Marks said.
Paul Hartman, president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations, said residents would likely welcome the news.
"I think generally having the infrastructure repaired where you live is always a good thing, especially when it needs it," Hartman said. "I don't recall any of these areas being repaved recently. I know there are some areas that also need it too, but you've only got so many dollars to go around."