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Residents looking for road to quiet 20-block resurfacing of Madison St. should be finished by Jan. 24


As Gail Stokes sat in her Madison Street home three months ago, a passing truck bounded over a bump and rocked the rowhouse so hard that her antique mirror fell from the wall and broke two lamps.

Life along the stretch of the East Baltimore road, between Edison Highway and Washington Street, has been bumpy for some time. But that should change next month when the much-traveled, pothole-pocked artery into the city is completely resurfaced.

"The road was so bad, there would be a vibration when cars drove by," Stokes said. "So, we're glad to see them out there."

Since the end of October, I A Construction Corp. of White Marsh has been repairing that section of road, said Kurt Kocher, a spokesman for the city's Department of Public Works. The $623,282, 20-block project should be complete by Jan. 24.

"There was a bit of a delay, and it's probably a good thing, because Baltimore Gas and Electric decided to put in new gas lines while we were working on the street," Kocher said.

The roadwork, which often means single lanes in some sections, has caused heavy traffic congestion between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, but the result will be worth the hassle, said Sarah Broadwater, Stokes' mother and neighbor. The mother and daughter have lived in their rowhouses for about 40 years and 20 years respectively.

"It's a little inconvenient right now, but I think everyone will be happy with it, the community and the commuters," Broadwater said.

The repairs are long overdue, said Broadwater, who is president of the Milton-Montford Improvement Association. Because of the constant shaking, she said, she developed a habit of checking her dining room cabinet every other day to see how closely the dinner plates had rocked toward the door.

"The blacktop had a lot of cracks and potholes in it," Broadwater said. "It should have been fixed five or 10 years ago."

Pub Date: 12/29/98

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