City updates public on plans to repave Roland Avenue

The repaving of Roland Avenue could begin in February or March of 2014, and is expected to take about a year, Baltimore City transportation officials say.

Residents who came to a Department of Transportation open house at the Roland Park Library earlier this month were concerned about parking and their children walking to Roland Park Elementary Middle School and several nearby private schools during the road work.

"I'm nervous about this project," said Nicholas D'Ambrosio, principal of the public school at 5207 Roland Ave. "We have three times as many students as the private [schools], 100 feet of curb space and no drop-off lane."

D'Ambrosio said he is concerned about a potential lack of sidewalks during construction, because parents park as far down Roland as Wyndhurst Avenue to walk their children to school.

Transportation officials and consultants said the city would put the project out for bid in October and that the chosen contractor would coordinate a plan to mitigate pedestrian and car traffic.

Abby Lattes, whose son, Emmett, is a fourth grader at Roland Park Elementary/Middle, said she and her children stumbled upon the open house on their way to the library.

"I'm glad we came," Lattes said. She said despite any short-term inconvenience, "I'm encouraged. We'll get by."

The $3.5 million project calls for resurfacing Roland Avenue between West Cold Spring Lane and Northern Parkway; installing a new traffic signal on Northern Parkway between Roland and North Charles Street; modifying and widening the median on Roland in front of Gilman School; and enhancing intersections including Roland and Wyndhurst Avenue and Roland and Cold Spring with curb bumpouts and other traffic-calming measures, as well as installing aesthetically pleasing crosswalks. Bryn Mawr and Gilman schools are contributing a combined $700,000 to the project.

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