OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WJZ) — A major artery reopens in Owings Mills, connecting Reisterstown and Red Run roads.
As Christie Ileto explains, residents aren’t the only ones benefiting.
Sidewalks, a median and a fresh coating of asphalt. Dolfield Boulevard officially opens Thursday.
County leaders say the $6.5 million, year-long project extends the heavily used road its final half-mile, connecting it to Reisterstown and Red Run roads—a stretch 42,000 cars a day will drive.
“That just shows there’s a real need for the traffic. And those are 42,000 cars currently driving through neighborhoods and now they’ll coalesce into a safer road,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
Officials say the four lane road won’t just help make driving through Owings Mills easier, it will also help nearby businesses.
“It’s going to be great to get to small businesses on the other side of 795, and also the businesses immediately on Reisterstown Road,” said Paul Davolos, part of the Chamber of Commerce.
“It helps us greatly,” said Nick Magione.
Magione owns the Hampton Inn and says convenience is key.
“The easy access for our hotel guests that use the hotel and have a lot of friends in the area, so it makes it a lot more convenient for them,” Magione said.
But some living near the reopened stretch feel the opposite.
“It’s certainly not an improvement for us,” said Ruth Eurice.
Eurice says it will attract too much traffic.
“I think it will be very risky for us getting out of our properties,” she said.
But the roadway officials say will ease longstanding congestion and is a win for residents, commuters and businesses.
Down the road, county leaders hope Dolfield Boulevard can become an interchange at 795.