July 20, 2017 – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is activating a new traffic signal on US 40 (Pulaski Highway) at Batavia Farms Road this week as part of a $5 million project to enhance pedestrian and driver safety on one of Baltimore County’s busiest highways.
Approximately 38,000 vehicles per day travel the four-lane section of US 40 between Chesaco Avenue and Todds Lane in Rosedale. In recent years, this segment of Pulaski Highway has experienced a high rate of crashes – nearly seven times that of similar roadways.
MDOT SHA installed the new traffic signal at Batavia Farms Road in tandem with construction of safety upgrades including new sidewalks on both sides of US 40 between Chesaco Avenue and Todds Lane. The improvements included closing the crossing at Lawrence / Lorraine Avenue in May.
“Just trying to walk from point A to B was a challenge in this corridor, which had a high rate of crashes,” said engineer Wendy Wolcott. “Engineers observed pedestrians crossing mid-block with no place to stop if vehicles were turning in and out of businesses. The new design provides sidewalks, a crosswalk and a signal that stops traffic so people can safely cross the road.”
MDOT SHA last resurfaced this one-half mile section of Pulaski Highway in 2000. The safety enhancement project was funded for construction in spring 2015 and the project started late fall 2015.
The project includes construction of the new 5-foot sidewalk in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, curbs, gutters and driveway aprons along US 40; resurfacing and widening the pavement; replacing and repairing traffic barrier end treatments; traffic signal system upgrades; roadway drainage system enhancements; and installation of new reflective roadway signs and pavement markings.
Weather permitting, crews will complete the remainder of the project late summer.
The Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company plans to break ground on a $4 million reconstruction of its fire station on Tuesday, July 11, at 10 a.m. at 11601 Bellvue Avenue.
In advance of the groundbreaking, Councilman David Marks thanked the firefighters, company leadership, residents, and other elected officials for their support of this project.
“Over the past three years, our office has worked to advance two major projects in Kingsville–the air conditioning at the elementary school and reconstruction of this fire station. I am delighted that the first project is almost done and we are breaking ground on the second, an essential initiative for the Kingsville community.
“The Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company attends to over 1,700 calls every year. Its volunteers not only respond to fires and medical emergencies, but those trapped in swiftwater. The fire station needs improvements to deal with the growing number of calls in an area that includes much of northeastern Baltimore and southwestern Harford Counties.
“Many people worked to make this day possible, especially the fire station leadership, its members, and residents of Kingsville and surrounding communities like Fork, Perry Hall, and Fallston. In addition to Baltimore County, I would like to thank our state legislators and Governor Hogan for their support. Nearly $400,000 was pledged from the state. I encourage residents who have not contributed to make a donation at http://www.givetokvfc.com.”