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Measures Planned to Slow Down Glenside Farms

County Councilman David Marks said he is working to reduce speeding in the area.

Traffic calming measures are coming to the Glenside Farms neighborhood by the year's end, County Councilman David Marks announced Wednesday.

Baltimore County officials and the majority of residents in the eastern Perry Hall neighborhood have approved the plan, which calls for a raised intersection at Forge Haven Drive and Glen Summit Drive, and a brick speed bump near 5049 Forge Haven Drive. The measures come at a cost of about $30,000.

Marks said he had been working since May with the Department of Public Works and resident George Zurek to gather signatures and develop the plan.

"The Baltimore County Council recently approved a boost in funding for the traffic calming project, and it will allow engineers to build improvements like the ones planned for Glenside Farms," Marks stated in an email. "I would like to thank local resident George Zurek for working with the county to gather signatures, which is always necessary for approval."

The relationship between Glenside Farms and the Department of Public Works has been turbulent in recent years.

Patch reported last year on concrete barriers, between Good Spring Drive and New Gerst Lane, that frustrated some residents. At the time, public works officials and Marks stated they would continue to work closely with the neighborhood to resolve complaints.

Vicki Rummel October 03, 2012 at 04:04 PM
We have a speed reduction island in front of our house. I hate it. We can no longer park in front of our house. Cars don't usually slow down. They just swerve toward the curb to go around it. Even when we park further up the street, they still hit our cars. All of our cars have had mirrors hit and back bumpers clipped. This is unsafe and is not the answer to speeding. I would much rather have a stop sign at the intersection.
PerryHallParent October 03, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I have often wondered how people with these bumps positioned where they would need to park feel and now I know. While I live on a road that has them, the bumps are not near my residence. There have been fatal accidents at the intersection (4 way) near my home, so the speed bumps were added after two people died. Even with the speed bumps and stop signs people speed down my road at 40+ mph and sometimes barely even pause at the stop sign. I truly don't know what the answer is and wish I had a good suggestion.
Evets October 03, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Speeding does not cause accidents. If you doubt that, just wait until Mike Fisher finds this article and he will convince you. Or not...
Other Tim October 04, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Also, you don't really need to stop at stop signs, and if people speed it's because the speed limit is too low.
Evets October 04, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Exactly so. And don't forget that if you drive at or near the speed limit, you are the cause of accidents...
PerryHallParent October 04, 2012 at 10:38 AM
See, this is how I sometimes feel about Ebenezer. Yes, when there are kids present I take a lot of extra precaution and expect to drive under the speed limit and stop often to let kids cross, etc. Even when school isn't in session, I keep an eye out for walkers, joggers, people with pets too. However, it's not a 30 mph road, just like Silver Spring was for years and at least now it's 35. Ebenezer should be 35. I stop completely at stop signs, always have. (I know you're being sarcastic about another thing, but I wanted to roll with the speed limit is too low comment!)
Donna McDonough October 04, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Stop signs are there for a reason. Everyone should stop at stop signs. Some speed limits may be too low, but in neighborhoods where there are lots of children and pets who occasionally get free, folks should not be driving as if it's the autobahn! And, there are still many streets in the area, like Gerst Rd. that have no sidewalks. Driving in residential areas needs to be gentle and careful.
Barb October 04, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Speed limits are established for the area the road is serving not for the driver's ability. There is no such thing as a "too low" speed limit just drivers who are in too big of a hurry to care. Ebenezer is a residential area with driveway access directly onto the road. Imagine trying to back out of your driveway during rush hour on that road not to mention entering from a side street. Frightening! Ebenezer was 25 mph when I moved to Perry Hall 25 years years ago. Trust me--it was a problem for many drivers even then. Try to put yourself in the homowners shoes and go the posted speed. As for Gerst Rd., that was a long process between Mr. Gerst on one side of the street, kin of Mr. Gerst on the other side and the county. Its 25 mph the entire length for those of you who may not have seen the sign. Please slow down for the goats and wave to Mr. Gerst who sits on the front porch sometimes. He deserves our respect. His grandfather used to own the land you may be living on. I know I am.
Other Tim October 04, 2012 at 10:28 PM
"Also, you don't really need to stop at stop signs, and if people speed it's because the speed limit is too low." For those who didn't get it, this post was sarcasm directed at other threads on the subject of speed cameras, and what some posters seemed to believe.
Nicole K. October 05, 2012 at 05:10 PM
To PerryHallParent: I grew up on Ebenezer and take my son there to my mom's every day on my way to work. Your view that it should be 35 mph is very inconsiderate of the residents who live there. This road is not a highway, and as you note, it has schools and residential properties. People speeding on this road have caused numerous accidents including the death of a teenager, the serious injury of a young boy on a bike (who was riding appropriately on the road), and damage to property and vehicles along the street. All of my parents' vehicles and mine have been damaged by people going to fast and not paying attention. People speeding have nearly hit me as I pull in and out of the driveway despite my best efforts to do so when I think no cars are coming. They are going 60 mph and one second there are no cars - the next, they are barreling down the street. The previous county councilman allowed the speed to rise to 30mph from 25mph. I hope Councilman Marks will help keep the speed limit at 30 and install traffic calming and a four way stop at Kilbride. Please be respectful of residential neighborhoods. On top of all the damage and accidents, it sounds like a speedway when it used to be a serene suburb prior to the Honeygo extension. I'm sure if you or others that agree with you lived on Ebenezer, you wouldn't want people speeding or higher speed limits either. It is much too dangerous.
Nicole K. October 05, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Thank you, Barb, and others defending the speed limits for residential neighborhoods, especially on Ebenezer Road. Trying to get in and out of a driveway on Ebenezer these days is like taking my life into my own hands. People are going way too fast. With added distractions of texting and talking on the phone, I have seen it become even worse. Unfortunately, Ebenzer has been allowed by the local government to become a popular cutthrough. It needs the county's attention to provide traffic calming and appropriate stop signs, especially at Kilbride. How many people need to die, get injured or have their property damaged because the county allowed the speed to be increased to 30 mph and does not do anything to calm speeds, which I have clocked at 60 plus mph? I wish drivers would be respectful all of the time but especially so in residential neighborhoods. Where are you going that fast, who are you talking to, who are you texting that is so important you feel you have the right to jeopardize the safety of others???

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