Baltimore County's Department of Public Works is proposing traffic-calming measures on Regester Avenue, where communities have expressed concerns about speeding and traffic accidents.
At the request of the Idlewylde and Loch Hill communities, Public Works conducted a traffic speed study for the 1200 to 1400 blocks of Regester Avenue, county officials said.
Now, Public Works is recommending installing two small median islands and brick pavement to help protect crosswalks and to slow down the traffic on Regester at the intersection of Overlook Road and at the western intersection at Loch Hill Road. The speed limit on Regester is 25 miles per hour.
The $45,000 project is supported by County Council members Cathy Bevins and David Marks, officials said.
Work is expected to start sometime this summer and the project should take one or two weeks, said Lauren Watley, a county spokeswoman.
"The improvements are an effort to respond to several recent vehicular incidents near the intersection of Regester Avenue and Overlook Road and the Idlewylde community's long-standing concerns for traffic safety along Regester Avenue," Idlewylde Community Association President Peter Ismay said in one of several emails.
"I've lived in the community for almost three years. The traffic concerns have existed at least that long, because they existed when I moved to the community," he said. "There have been at least two accidents essentially at the Regester and Overbrook intersection within the last year alone, with one involving a car that left the road and struck a house, and the other involving a car that left the road and struck a utility pole."
He also noted that the intersection sits at the bottom of a hill on Regester.
"The improvements will benefit Idlewylde residents, residents of neighboring communities, and users of the athletic fields at Overlook Park," Ismay said. He said the proposed improvements are the result of a joint effort between Loch Raven and Loch Hill. He also thanked Marks and Bevins for helping to secure funding for the project, and Keith Link, program manager in Public Works' Bureau of Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning, "for his attention and quick response to the community's concerns."
"We discussed this at our meeting on Tuesday night and the community is thrilled with the proposal," said former Idlewylde Community Association president John Keenan.
Allysha Lorber, president of the Loch Hill Community Association and an 11-year resident of Loch Hill, also praised the proposal, citing speeding cars.
"We are very interested in having traffic calming in our neighborhood, especially on Regester Avenue," Lorber said. We have families, kids, pets that walk. We want to have a safe place where we can walk."
Lorber said lack of visibility is also a problem on Regester at Loch Hill Road.
"Speeding traffic just exacerbates the problem," she said.