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Signs To Warn of 'Potentially Hazardous' Perry Hall Road

A steep hill along Miller Road will receive warning signs.

UPDATE (Dec. 13, 3:305 p.m.)—Signs will soon warn drivers to slow down along Miller Road.

Between Pepper Hill Road and Belair Road, along Miller Road in the Perry Hall Manor neighborhood, a steep hill meets the road's edge in a jagged ditch and stream. The hill is located in the westernmost property area of a nearby farm.

At the request of area residents, signs will be installed to warn drivers to slow down in the "potentially hazardous" area, County Councilman David Marks stated.

The Baltimore County Department of Public Works has already performed an on-site inspection and the signs will likely be installed by the end of the year.

"The Perry Hall Manor area sits on the ridge line near the Gunpowder River, which means it has numerous hills," Marks stated in an email to Patch. "I am pleased that the county will erect warning signs to remind motorists to slow down on this stretch of Miller Road."

Vickie Sobczak was one of the area residents who requested the signs.

In an email to Patch, Sobczak detailed some of her concerns about the stretch:

The whole road is hazardous; it is windy and narrow. Sometimes people almost push you off the road coming from the other direction, and if you're coming down the hill on the 'stream' side, there's nowhere to pull over. However, the most dangerous section is at the top of the hill where the farm ends and the development begins. You cannot see oncoming traffic from either direction until you are on top of each other. Some people don't bother to slow down and approach the hill in a cautious manner. I have almost been hit head-on several times. I'm surprised there has not been a serious accident there yet. 

Which streets and areas of Perry Hall would you consider the most hazardous? Tell us in the comments.

PerryHallParent December 12, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Chapel Road is by far the most dangerous road in Perry Hall. The turn to or from Joppa in any direction is risky and the drive along the road is perilous, with so many vehicles coming out of their lanes into the other, when there is barely enough room as is. I've stopped visiting the nursery and taken my business to Richardson's with the wider lanes and easier ingress and egress. Plus, they are going to put more homes in there? No sidewalks either. Just awful.
Bruce Robinson December 12, 2012 at 07:52 PM
We've all been hearing about the accidents along here for years, right? Isn't it about time something was done to stop the carnage!
Mike December 12, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Agree this road needs some help, but isn't that what Speed Limit signs are for? The highway administration isn't going to post a speed limit that isn't safe for any given road, based on normal, lawful, driving. I'm not sure I can recall the last time a single-car accident occurred that wasn't due to some form of irresponsible driving.
Miller Rd Miller December 13, 2012 at 01:23 PM
WOW! I am so impressed that after all the years the road has been in this condition some one is finally going to do something about it! Public works is going to install warning signs!! Having lived on Miller Rd my entire life and driving on it for 37 years, I can only recall two vehicles ever going off the side into the ditch. I don't know who the " area residents" are that requested these warning signs, but it would seem to me that they, and any of their visitors would already know the road cconditions. As far as any strangers driving on the road, anyone with common sense, or should be allowed to drive at all, can immediately assess the road conditions as soon as you turn onto it. If that isn't enough of a warning sign for you then maybe you shouldn't be driving at all. Instead of placing signs on the road to warn people of the obvious, maybe people should be more responsible drivers. Note to Public Works: Please save the money and put it toward pot hole patches!
thomas gary likens December 13, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I would like to see signs on CHAPEL RD. that say PLEASE DONOT WALK ON THIS ROAD IT IS UNSAVE. Thank you BALTIMORE COUNTY.
Evets December 13, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I would like to see a sign on Chapel Road: PLEASE DRIVE VERY CAREFULLY ON THIS ROAD AS THERE MAY BE PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS USING THIS ROAD, AS IS THEIR RIGHT. Thank you, CITIZENS OF BALTIMORE COUNTY.
thomas gary likens December 13, 2012 at 08:48 PM
question is were are they going to walk in the drain ditches !!!!!or on peoples private property.!
Stark December 14, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I, for one, am glad people have ignored Gary Likens' constant complaints. He would presumably have the taxpayers subsidize turning Chapel Road into a highway - just to benefit developers and landowners like Likens. Stop whining, Gary Likens. No one agrees with you.
thomas gary likens December 14, 2012 at 03:38 AM
stark its jerks like you that make hard for common sence problems to get resolved!!!
Evets December 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Pedestrians are legally permitted to travel along the side of the road, facing traffic, and vehicles are required to pass them only when it is safe to do so. Bicyclists are authorized users of the roadway and vehicles ar erequired to allow 3 feet of clearance when passing. BTW, automobile drivers do have to like these policies, but they are expected to adhere to them.
Evets December 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I meant to say, "auto drivers do not have to like these laws..."

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