|65 mph limit
foolish; help 50/301 corridor
Star Democrat June 08, 2001
We have serious, dangerous traffic problems in the Stevensville-Chester corridor!
State police are investigating
raising the speed limit to 65 mph on Routes 50/301 from the Bay Bridge
to the 50/301 split.
The three to four-year redecking for the Bay Bridge west span is scheduled to begin this fall, after completion of phase one of the painting project on the old eastbound span. Barrier walls are being considered to control traffic. Cramming three lanes of westbound traffic into two lanes on the bridge, (which are narrower than normal highway lanes) will tie up back to the Narrows. This will continue to gridlock Route 18, our only east/west local road, through Chester and Stevensville past our two elementary schools and the middle school.
The State Highway Administration
is adamant about constructing the much-needed Cox and Thompson Creek frontage
road south side of 50/301.
Traffic studies revealed
the necessity of reconstructing the 50/301, Route 18 diamond interchange
into a complete cloverleaf, eliminating the clogged left turn movements
of the present diamond overpass. If this is a traffic problem now, think
what it would be if Wal-Mart is allowed to be located at our Gateway!
THOMAS G. OYSTER