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Marks: No Plans to Widen Chapel Road

County Councilman David Marks released a statement on the Perry Hall road Thursday morning.

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Baltimore County Councilman David Marks announced that county officials have no plans to widen Chapel Road in Perry Hall. There are, however, plans to resurface the stretch.

Marks released the following statement to constituents by email Thursday morning:

Over the past eight months, I have tried to take a fresh look at future plans for roads in the Honeygo area, the last area of Perry Hall that will experience significant growth. Honeygo is that area of northeastern Perry Hall bordered by Chapel Road on the west, Belair Road on the north, Philadelphia Road and Interstate-95 on the east, and Honeygo Run on the south.  

Earlier this spring, I worked with the Department of Public Works to shrink the future footprint for Forge Road by 20 feet. When the Forge Road project commences, property owners will be able to keep more of their land, and the county will save money that would have been spent on acquiring additional property.   

Chapel Road is another major route in this region. Chapel Road still has a semi-rural feel, and the topography of the land makes it difficult to widen without major disruptions to the homes along this route.

I have obtained a commitment from the county that there are no plans to widen Chapel Road. Most importantly, the county will not require developers of any new projects to widen the entrances to their projects beyond the current width of Chapel Road. This is important because there is at least one pending development that would have an entrance onto Chapel Road.  

At the same time, the county has assured me that Chapel Road remains in the longtime resurfacing program. The county will require developers to donate right-of-way so there is flexibility to correct drainage and make improvements in the future.  

I am attaching the letter I received from the county on this issue. Thank you for your continued interest in the future of Perry Hall.  

Councilman David Marks

The letter has been attached to this article in PDF form.

David Marks August 11, 2011 at 03:09 PM
Thanks very much for reporting this! In case there are any questions about the resurfacing, the road is evaluated by county engineers and any improvements will be done as part of the Department's long-term resurfacing program, which stretches over several years.
Lisa Payne August 11, 2011 at 03:21 PM
One issue that the county should address on Chapel Rd is the intersection with Belair Rd. It is difficult for those going straight from Chapel toward Baker Ln, or those coming from Baker and making a left turn onto Belair Rd northbound. My kids spent years at Perry Hall Learning Center, and I saw many near collisions at that intersection. The right turn only lane from Chapel Rd should be turned into a straight /right turn lane, and the left turn and straight lane should be left turn only. The traffic at this intersection has gotten worse with the closure of Forge Rd.
Tim August 11, 2011 at 03:42 PM
This is very true. Although I bet if people actually paid attention when driving, accidents wouldn't happen. Being reminded of the rules of the road also couldn't hurt. Maybe I'm just getting too old, but this concept of "yielding" to others seems lost today. We shouldn't have to go out of our way to create an environment that's idiot proof - although I'm not suggesting it won't happen anyway. In my experience, people always find a way to lower the bar. Put down the phones people. Drive with two hands.
William Lutostanski Jr August 11, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Chapel Rd frequently floods out during rain events, the drainage is very poor. The bridge over the stream near Cross Rd is too narrow and very dangerous. A complete widening is not called for but at a minimum the bridge should be widened to make it safer and the drainage issues need to addressed.
William Lutostanski Jr August 11, 2011 at 03:47 PM
I agree with the intersection also. Often the light lasts long enough for just two cars to go, during the day, and at night you sit there forever waiting for it to change when there is no traffic. A simple adjustment of the traffic light will solve this problem.
John K August 11, 2011 at 04:16 PM
That I agree with... it doesn't need to be 50' across like Forge is going to be, but come on... there's a difference between "it makes people slow down" and "the cars miss each other by 6" each time." Same applies to the Snyder Rd intersection with Chapel. If a monstrous Ford pickup is there, you can't turn onto Snyder...
Renee August 11, 2011 at 04:27 PM
The problem with the Chapel/Belair Rds intersection is actually the traffic light itself and people getting fed up with it. If you are coming from Baker Lane, the light will be fine, HOWEVER, if you are coming from Chapel, the light does not stay green. It will only stay green for as long as there is cars on Baker. I sat and watched it for a while while I was at 7-11. It only stays green for about 2 cars if there are only cars on Chapel. If there are cars on Baker, it will stay green as long as there continue to be cars on Baker (unless there is so many, then it will stay for the normal 2-3 minutes). I have watched many get so frustrated with this that they will get in the right hand lane of Chapel (the turn lane), and make a left turn on red! It's crazy and you can see the drivers' frustration which is totally understandable! They should have never closed Forge Rd.!! I'm so sick of having things changed or the new developments being given right a way when I have lived here over 28 years!!! Where are our rights?!! Who is looking out for our interests?!! The reason why Perry Hall was attractive to so many is now being taken away- bulldozed!!! I saw a fox last year that was so emaciated I wanted to cry. It was getting into people's trash in order to have some nourishment. Not to mention the poor deer!! They are coming out earlier and earlier to find food!! When will the developing stop?!!!
Renee August 11, 2011 at 04:30 PM
I'll agree with the drainage issue, but I drive a full size, high top conversion van, and I have passed a school bus on that bridge without a problem. It's not really that much more narrow than the road if you look at the lines.
Tim August 11, 2011 at 05:43 PM
I completely agree with the timing of the light. It's way too short.
Chris Defeo August 11, 2011 at 06:39 PM
There is always room for improvement in Perry Hall, and I am most certain that within reason all of these issues will be resolved. But we forgot about the great news that Chapel Road will not be widened! I agree about the development and drainage matters, but we should take a moment and reflect of what the Councilman has accomplished for the community.
John Dingedahl August 12, 2011 at 03:21 PM
I agree with the issues of the light at Belair and Chapel Rds. It is way to short for traffic coming out of Chapel and making a left turn onto Belair Rd. With the closure of Forge Road, there has been and will continue to be an increase of traffic on Chapel. This country lane is now a major link between Honeygo Blvd. and Belair Rd. If widening the road is not in the picture, at least improve the drainage by installing curbs and improve and upgrade the street lighting along the entire stretch from Belair to Joppa. This road is also very unsafe for walkers and bike riders (enjoy the country lane).
thomas gary likens August 12, 2011 at 05:55 PM
i can see that my votes are not going to this councilman any more if he cannot see a reason other than to slap a couple of inches of blacktop on chapel rd. an thinks the problem goes away he"s mistaking . by the way there are three newpending devlopmmentsthat are going to dump out on this road . i see that cross rd. got sidewalks and widening come on mr.councilman don't be perswaded by a few people not to fix this rd. 64 year old resident of this rd. p.s lets get some common sence in this!!!!!
E F Hammond August 13, 2011 at 08:08 PM
I live at the other end of Chapel, near Joppa. I have given up on trying to "weed wack" the front of my property because it is just too dangerous. Cars turning the corner from Joppa come within inches of me. Making the road a 4 lane raceway is not the answer, but neither is ignoring it all together. By the way, what the heck ever happened to the extension of the sewer to this end of Chapel??? The development WILL occur, sooner or later. As a long time property owner, I just want the opportunity to maximize the returns on the investment I have made. The extention of the sewer is a much bigger issue to me than the widening of the road.

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