Parts Of Baltimore County Will Get Road Makeover

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BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — State highways are getting a spring cleaning.

Pat Warren reports parts of Baltimore County are getting a makeover that should make Randallstown and Reisterstown safer and prettier.

Officials are trying to make Reisterstown’s Main Street and Randallstown’s Liberty Road both safer and easier on the eye.

State Highways is spending $3 million on a traffic and community makeover. Businesses on Liberty Road say customers often complain about the traffic.

“They just say it’s hard. It takes them a long time to get from 695 to one part of Liberty Road,” said Golden Dragon Manager Janelle Shorter.

Liberty Road improvements start with resurfacing between Liberty Ridge Court and the Carroll County line, new sidewalks between Offut and Chapman, replacing lights at 12 locations between Wards Chapel and 695 and improving the traffic operations at Liberty Road and Lord Baltimore.

The changes are welcome, despite the temporary inconvenience they may cause.

“They’ll come in here. People come here every night. They make it,” said Jimmy Vangelakos, who owns the Golden Dragon.

In Reisterstown, phase one of the project includes resurfacing, new pavement markings, pedestrian ramps and new lighting from Stocksdale to Woodley Avenue. Phase two from Woodley to Glyndon will see similar improvements.

“Things that make a difference day in and day out to people who live in these communities that are affected by the progress that we can support,” said Transportation Secretary Jim Smith.

The Randallstown and phase one of the Reisterstown improvements should be completed in the fall of this year.

The final phase of the improvement project will be completed in 2015.

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