Citizens panel to have a say on Carroll road

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The State Highway Administration has asked the county to appoint a citizens group to assist in a study of the Route 26 corridor through Eldersburg, one of South Carroll's most congested roads.

The state and Carroll have each committed $200,000 to the initial phase of the study, which will look at a segment of the highway from Route 32 to the Baltimore County line at Liberty Reservoir. Carroll has included funding for construction improvements to the highway, also known as Liberty Road, in its capital improvement budget.

The committee, to be made up of no more than 15 people, would include residents, business and community leaders, and county representatives who would meet four or five times during the next few months.

The group would work on steering the planning process and would bring in different points of view," said Steven Horn, county director of planning. "This is standard procedure for state process."

The Board of County Commissioners expects to review a list of potential appointments provided by the county planning department and name the committee by the end of next week.

"Cooperation with the state on this project is vital and cooperation starts with naming a work group," Horn said. "The state places a high priority on making sure the public is informed."

More than 32,000 vehicles a day travel through Eldersburg on Liberty Road, making it one of the busiest routes in Carroll. It also has one of the county's highest accident rates. Intersections are clogged and few alternative routes have been completed.

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