-The following article was submitted by District 7A Delegates Ryan Nawrocki, Kathy Szeliga and 5th District Councilman-
Delegates Ryan Nawrocki and Kathy Szeliga have been working together with Councilman David Marks to improve the safety of a dangerous stretch of Eastern Boulevard between MD 43 and Carroll Island Road in Middle River. They are happy to report several recent changes to help improve safety.
At the request of the Delegates, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) recently completed a review of the intersection at Bengies Road and Eastern Boulevard.
During the review of the traffic signal, SHA found that the traffic signal detector at Bengies Road was faulty. It has since been repaired.
Also, the signal timing was adjusted at Eastern Boulevard and Bengies Road to give more time to left-turning vehicles from Eastern Boulevard to Bengies Road North.
SHA expects these repairs and improvements to improve traffic operations, reduce aggressive driving, and enhance safety.
All other traffic control devices at this intersection were found to be in good condition at the time of review, and no further repairs were needed.
In addition to these improvements, Councilman David Marks was recently able to have half of a ton of construction materials removed that were dumped at the intersection of Stevens Road and Miller Ave, just off Eastern Boulevard. A significant amount of vegetation was also removed in this area to make for better lines of sight.
“Currently, there are far too many accidents, particularly around the intersection of Bengies Road and Eastern Boulevard, and speed is a consistent problem throughout the corridor, said Delegate Ryan Nawrocki.
“We will continue to work with SHA and our local partners like Councilman Marks to advocate for further improvements in this area to keep our communities safe,” said Delegate Kathy Szeliga.
“Eastern Avenue is a gateway to Middle River, and we are all working together to improve this corridor,” said Councilman David Marks.
To continue to focus on safety in this area, the Delegates have asked SHA for a study of the corridor between MD 43 and Carroll Island Road to determine other ways to control speed and improve safety throughout.