No Thru Traffic?

If you're going to drive like an idiot, then stay out of my neighborhood

As a resident of the Hollywood neighborhood, I have mixed feelings about the new light that's been installed (but not yet activated) at the intersection of Hollywood Road and Route 1. Although I’m looking forward to making easier left turns from Hollywood on to Route 1, I’m not excited about what will surely be an unintended consequence of the light: increased “thru traffic.”

See, when that light starts to go red, traffic is going to back up in the northbound lanes of Route 1. When that happens, impatient drivers hoping to avoid the traffic insanity at the intersection of Route 1 and Cherry Hill Road will cut through the neighborhood via Fox, Cherokee, Delaware, etc., en route to the intersection of Route 1 and Edgewood Road. (This is why citizens concerned about the impact of new development on traffic are rarely appeased by the installation of so-called “traffic calming” measures.) 

Now, I don’t like sitting in traffic either, so I can’t really blame drivers for wanting to take the road less traveled through the neighborhood.

However, I can and will blame them for speeding through the neighborhood with little disregard for residents, including the kids riding their bikes in the street. We’ve only just begun to have nice weather and I’ve already seen kids narrowly escape getting hit by careless drivers on two separate occasions.

So what can be done about this? How about some “No Thru Traffic from 3:00–7:00 pm, Monday through Friday” signs on the streets like Fox that run perpendicular from Route 1, into the neighborhood? I confess that I have no idea how these things are enforced—or if they’re enforced at all—but I’ve seen them on the edge of other residential neighborhoods, and if they keep some cars on the main roads then they just might be worth it.

The other option, of course, is to have police hang out in the neighborhood with their eyes peeled for those flaunting the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit (I’m not sure this is enforced, either). After all, weren’t the city’s speed cameras supposed to free the officers up so they could focus on other things?

And speaking of Fox Street, have you noticed the giant pothole near the intersection with 48th Avenue (or maybe it’s 48th Place…). Given its width, “pothole” really isn’t the word—I’m going with “depression”—but no matter what you call it, it was born of WSSC’s previous work on the neighborhood’s sewer lines.

Word on the street (no pun intended) is that WSSC’s contractor will begin repairing the depressions in mid-May. However, the specific dates for those on streets west of Rhode Island Avenue have not been released because the contractor is reportedly behind schedule.


Smith is a resident of north College Park. He blogs (occasionally) at www.ncpinformant.com.

Patrick Wojahn May 21, 2011 at 04:06 AM
Wow, Jon. Are you drunk, or is this what you consider intelligent discourse?
Jon Gulbuny May 21, 2011 at 10:52 AM
I see that it is easier for you to make personal attacks then address the issues.
Rick Hudson May 21, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Jon, you are a bitter, angry person. I will continue to pray for you. Patrick... I have often wondered the same thing. Nice job!
Rick Hudson May 21, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Jon, rather then be venomous and inflamatory on Patch... why don't you voice your opinions at the council meetibg on Tuesday. It is open to the public. You do pay taxes here as a business owner so come and voice you concerns in a civil and intellegent maner, contribute to the system and be geard where ut counts rather then hiding on the web. I will be there. I have already submitted my comments in writing. You up to it are you only brave enough to voice your opinions where you don't hsve to follow any rules
Pamela Torro May 21, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Rick - that is still up for debate as he never addressed my comment about "jon gulbuny" being an alias or the fact that anyone named as such does not even own property in Maryland. mj23 - How is that inappropriate? It was just a question and an honest one. JG's comments are out of line, like the one he directed at Mr. Wojahn earlier. He made libelous accusations against him. He is the one who is out of line. He isn't even a citizen in CP and I am doubtful he is even a landlord. I am happy that our council members read and comment on the Patch!


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