Local activist fights for traffic signal on Washington Boulevard [Elkridge]

Anyone who lives in this corner of the County is no stranger to the overwhelming increase in traffic over the past few years as development has boomed.

I am passing on a request, on behalf of an Elkridge neighbor Janeen Brennan, which had been previously brought to my attention through another friend, local activist and neighbor Betsy McMillion.

According to Janeen, "There have been several serious and fatal accidents involving vehicles traveling along Washington Boulevard (Route 1) turning onto and from Kit Kat Road."

Brennan's family and friends are requesting that Howard County and the State Highway Administration (SHA) install a traffic light at this intersection.

As she explains her mission further, "Our son was recently killed in an accident [at this very intersection], and, as a heartbroken mother, and in honor of my son, Nick, I am pleading that other concerned citizens join us to convince local and state government officials to install a light here before any more accidents occur, or lives are lost."

Brennan notes the onslaught of growing traffic along the Boulevard as more residential units and businesses are being developed along this section of the Route 1 corridor, from Route 175 to Kit Kat Road.

"We strongly feel that the county and the SHA need to make a traffic light with a turn signal onto Kit Kat Road going southbound a serious priority. Although speed was a contributing factor in our son's fatal accident, this is a dangerous area for any and every traveler. Even with a posted speed limit of 40 or 50 mph, factoring in a blind spot, sludge backup, a northbound bicycle route that just abruptly ends, and the back up from Business Parkway creates a very dangerous combination. Add this to the fact that a large percentage of the traffic using Kit Kat Road includes 18-wheelers, landscape trucks with trailers and dump trucks, as well as the usual non-commercial, residential vehicles. I strongly feel that, if the driver of that dump truck would have seen my son or had to respond to the control of a traffic light, this accident would not have happened. This is not the first accident or fatality, nor will be the last if something is not done to alleviate the risks."

Brennan asks that anyone who has experienced an issue with safety regarding vehicular or foot traffic in this area of our community, to please support the cause. You can reach the Brennan family at redlightatkitkatroad@gmail.com or go to their Facebook page at facebook.com/redlightatkitkatroad.

The Elkridge Adult Athletic Association is excited to present Santa's Visit at Pfeiffer's Corner Schoolhouse on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2-5 p.m. Bring your children and let them visit with Santa while you take pictures. Admission is a canned food donation, which will be donated to the Elkridge Food Pantry.

Pfeiffer's Corner Schoolhouse is n Rockburn Park off the Montgomery Road entrance at Rockburn Elementary School. Please come and join us for the fun. For more information, call Dave Grabowski at 410-796-8112.

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department presents its annual Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus Sunday, Dec. 15, 7:30-11 a.m., at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge. This delicious holiday tradition features an all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, baked apples, toast, chipped beef, sausage gravy, fruit salad, cold cereals, coffee, hot tea, milk and fruit juices. Baked goods will also be available for sale to benefit the junior firefighters. Tickets are $8 adults; $7 seniors (55+); $5 children (5-12); kids under 5 eat for free with a paying adult. For more information, call 410-761-6633, ext. 4 or 410-313-4901.

Offset the stress of the holiday planning with some friends and neighbors and an evening of Bingo, hosted by the EVFD and held every Friday night at the fire hall from 7:15 to 10 p.m. For more information, contact Julie Casey at 410-761-6633, ext. 2, or email evfdbingo@verizon.net.

The EVFD's Holiday Food Drive is underway. Checks should be made out to the EVFD, and can be mailed to: 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge MD 21075. As the holidays draw closer, donations of perishable and nonperishable foods can be brought directly to the station or given to Santa and Mrs. Claus on their annual neighborhood fire truck visits. For more information or assistance with donation pick-up, contact Joe Slavotinek at 410-984-1796.

As we celebrate this season of gratitude, let us all pause for a moment to take stock of our blessings. Happy Thanksgiving.

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