New speed humps were completed along Ridge Road in southern Perry Hall/Nottingham on Friday.
Councilwoman Cathy Bevins says that a resident had requested traffic calming measures for Ridge Road in March of last year, but the road didn’t qulaify.
That led Councilwoman Bevins to pass Resolution 45-16, directing the Planning Board and the Department of Public Works to review and update the County’s Neighborhood Traffic Management Program.
As a result, the county’s Traffic Calming program was significantly expanded to include streets that were previously not allowed to be considered because of their “collector” road designation.
Street designations are no longer a qualifying factor for traffic calming and approval is now based on traffic volumes and speeds, according to Councilwoman Bevins.
New crosswalks that double as traffic calming measures have opened in Perry Hall.
The new crosswalks, which were initially announced back in December, were completed along Ebenezer Road and will help to slow speeding at Perry Hall Middle and High Schools.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last week.
Two raised crosswalks with pedestrian refuge islands were installed in front of Perry Hall High School. The raised crosswalk is slightly lower than a speed hump, but will help slow the speed of motorists. Additionally, the pedestrian refuge island allows students a safer place to stand as they cross. Pedestrian ramps also make the area compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A third crosswalk with a pedestrian refuge island was installed in front of Perry Hall Middle School at Yvonne Avenue.
The total cost for the project was $60,000.
A local, Perry Hall pub will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit the family of a fallen Perry Hall soldier.
The Department of Defense announced in June that Army Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Perry Hall, died while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan. Two other soldiers were also killed.
The fundraiser will be held at BJ’s Pub, located in the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center, on Sunday, September 10, from 2 to 6 p.m.
The event will feature live music and food from Italian Sensations, Outback Steakhouse, and BJ’s Pub.
Crews will begin replacing more than a mile of old water line along Joppa Road, between Walther Boulevard and Belair Road, this month.
The $3 million project, which will ensure water quality and improve service, should be completed by the end of 2018.
During construction, the county’s contractor may occasionally interrupt water service in order to make emergency repairs.
When possible, residents will be given forty-eight hour notice.
Construction work may also impact traffic, as lanes may be temporarily diverted, but the road will not be closed.
Construction crews will be on site from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekdays.
Some additional work may be scheduled for weekends.