by Lisa Tome
Less than six months ago, county officials finalized a list of top priority transportation projects.
Recently, officials from the State Highway Administration announced their plans for the county include the installation of a half dozen traffic circles (roundabouts).
The county's list, which was prepared in May and submitted to Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Darrell Mobley outlined the following top four priorities:
• A new design and construction of a new Route 222/I-95 interchange. Plans would include an upgrade bridge over I-95.
• Extension of the MARC Penn Line commuter rail service from Perryville to Elkton, Newark, and Wilmington.
• Improvements to the Route 213/Route 40 intersection with adequate bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
• Implement an I-95 and Route 40 toll discount for Cecil residents and businesses.
The announcement of projects from the SHA was mailed to residents last week. None of the projects on the county list made the cut with State Highway.
Six new roundabouts are being designed and are expected to be constructed within the next three years. Design will be during 2014 and 2015.
Construction will be underway during 2015-2016.
The areas slated to get roundabouts are:
• Route 272 at Route 273 (Calvert light)
• Route 273 at Blue Ball Road (Elkton)
• Route 273 at Route 213 (Fair Hill)
• Route 273 at Appleton Road (Elkton)
• Route 279 at Route 545 (Blue Ball Road, Elkton)
• Route 281 at Muddy Lane (Elkton)
A public information meeting regarding this project will be held on Wednesday, November 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cecil County Administration Building, Chesapeake Boulevard, Elkton.
The presentation begins at 7 p.m. There will be an opportunity for residents to ask questions.