Second crosswalk project planned on Regester Avenue
By Larry Perl
Jul 13, 2015 | 10:12 AM
Baltimore County plans to relocate the crosswalk from Regester Avenue at Kenleigh Road to Regester Avenue and Copeleigh Road.
The plans, approved by the county Department of Public Works, call for the crosswalk to be placed in front of 707 Regester Ave., said County Councilman David Marks, who represents the area. He said the new location is more central for Anneslie residents many of whom walk to Stoneleigh Elementary School.
Marks said the design of the project will be similar to the one announced last month at Overbrook Road and Regester Avenue in Idewylde, including bump-outs, a brick-and-concrete inlay and new crossing signs, and that both traffic-calming projects are scheduled to be done at the same time. The school's crossing guard will be relocated to the new crosswalk, he said.
"It should really help with safety, particularly once school starts," he said in an email.
The crosswalk work and related improvements on Regester — where residents have expressed concerns about speeding and traffic accident — now will include three crossings on Regester Avenue, at Copeleigh and Kenleigh, Overbrook, and Loch Hill Road, as well as the installation of pedestrian islands at Overbrook, where there have been at least two accidents in the past year, and at the western intersection of Loch Hill, said Lauren Watley, a county spokeswoman. The work will cost $45,000, she said.
At Regester and Overbrook, one car struck a house and another hit a utility pole in the past year, Idlewylde Community Association President Peter Ismay said in May, when the Overbrook crosswalk work was announced.
"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."
Rick Kiegel, president of the Anneslie Community Association, said the neighborhood has been pushing for a relocated crosswalk for the past 15 years, and he remembers his daughter, now 21, crossing there as a student at Stoneleigh Elementary.
"We're looking very much forward to it," Kiegel said. "For us, it's not a direct benefit, but for the community, I think its a great opportunity."
When Anneslie residents learned about plans for a crossing at Overbrook, they asked Marks to look into relocating the one at Regester and Kenleigh, said Kiegel and Scott McGovern, past president of the association.