Wanted: 'Bite-Sized' Projects for the Odenton Town Center

There's as much as $7 million to be spent on improvements to the roads and infrastructure in Odenton. Do you have any suggestions?

Late last month, a county official came to Odenton to explain that there is between $6 million and $7 million that could be spend on things to improve the infrastructure in town. 

The money comes from impact fees, which are charged to developers who build. 

Technically, that money can be spent in an "impact fee zone" that stretches from Jessup down to Davidsonville, but there is much desire to see it spent here in Odenton. 

The Odenton Town Center Plan Oversight Committee—which plays a key role in how the town is being transformed—said it will begin putting together a list of projects that could benefit from this available money. 

The key, according to county officials and the committee, is to find projects that are manageable and offer a decent "bang for the buck." In other words, don't expect the money to be used to widen Route 175. Instead, find "bite-sized" projects, like the connection of two sidewalks, or a new turn lane at a congested intersection, or some streetscape improvements. 

I'd like to hear what residents think about this. 

Are there any small projects that come to mind? Is there work that could be done easily that would have a great benefit to the town as a whole? 

Voice your opinions in the comments below.



Valerie Frances February 11, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Installing a sidewalk(s) and bike lane(s) at least along the north side of 175, if not the south side as well from Lokus to Firestone Tire. Traffic is very fast and frightening if you are a walker or a biker. We need to be encouraging options and alternative forms of transportation for health, for local commuters taking the train, and to encourage foot traffic that could boost retail shopping opportunities for the developing Odenton Town Center and other 175 businesses.
Sandy February 11, 2013 at 01:00 PM
The residents who live along Monterey Ave. who walk along the road or children walking to school would greatly appreciate sidewalks and/or speedhumps. The speed hump committee is collecting money but it is slow. The county requires the residents pay 40% of the cost for speed humps even though we pay taxes and the residents who responded to the question of putting them in was YES. Someone has already been hit by a car along Monterey. Safety of residents should be a priority just like the previous post talks about.
John February 11, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Sidewalks in the Kings Heights neighborhood. We have been asking the county to get sidewalks in our neighborhood for the last 30 years and they do is fix the existing sidewalks. We need side walk along Bruce Ave, King malcolm Ave and Monterey Ave these are major streets in to the neighborhood, sidewalks would make it much safer place to live.
Carol B February 11, 2013 at 01:42 PM
How about creating a municipal doggy park somewhere in the vicinity of Seven Oaks? There are many dog-owners here who would love to exercise their animals off-leash in a safe, fenced-in place--but nowhere where we can do that.
BadStatistics February 11, 2013 at 02:10 PM
With stores set to open at the Odenton MARC station, those stores, and commuters who would be served by them, would greatly benefit from a sidewalk extending from the overflow parking area to the new retail area, instead of having to walk through the parking lot itself.
Shari Jones February 11, 2013 at 02:25 PM
SIDE WALKS on King Malcolm Ave., Bruce Street etc. We have been requesting these for years and years- The children walk to school in the streets. It just isn't safe when we walk along the streets with our children and animals. This section of Odenton has been neglected for years.
Dawn from Odenton February 11, 2013 at 03:06 PM
For the safety of children walking to school a sidewalk is badly needed on Monterey Avenue. Children currently walk in the road of this busy street separated from moving vehicles by only a white line painted on the road. Also, it would be nice to have a sidewalk from the Marc train station to the intersection of Odenton Road and Piney Orchard Parkway so people don't have to walk in the street.
Penny February 11, 2013 at 04:15 PM
As much money as it takes to re-calibrate the traffic lights at the MARC station and 175. Someone is going to get killed if you don't fix it soon.
Robert February 11, 2013 at 05:31 PM
I believe two sidewalks would greatly benefit the pedestrian traffic to the Odenton Town Center. ODENTON ROAD: A sidewalk on Odenton Rd between the MarcTrain Station and Piney Orchard Parkway would provide a safe route to get to the train station and to the Odenton Town Center instead of people walking along the side of the road. A sidewalk would also provide a safe route to the Washington, Batimore & Annapolis (WB&A) Trail near Babington Green Park across from the 7-Eleven. This sidewalk could also serve the Odenton Hertiage Society at 1367 Odenton Rd that has pedestrian traffic for open houses throughout the year. NORTH PATUXENT ROAD - I'd also urge construction of another sidewalk along the full length of North Patuxent Rd between Odenton Rd and Waugh Chapel Rd. Having a sidewalk would serve the children that wait on the side of the road for the bus as well as make for safe pedestrian passage to the Odenton Town Center .
Thea Warner February 11, 2013 at 05:53 PM
I agree with all the above who requested SIDEWALKS along (at the very least) Monterey Ave., Bruce Ave. and King Malcolm!!! The (wavy) white line does not provide a safe walkway along Monterey. I will not let my son walk back and forth to OES by himself because of this. Also, something really needs to be done about the Odenton Shopping Center. It is quickly becoming a ghost town. I would love to see at least a grocery store go in there as I think it would be a benefit to the community. If the owner of the shopping center is not going to bring in new tenants, he should sell it or have it razed. It would be awful if it sat there vacant and crumbling for years like the old Parole Plaza.
Carol Hensley February 11, 2013 at 06:00 PM
I agree with those above re: getting sidewalks in the Kings Heights neighborhood is definitely NEEDED. In addition to needing side walks along Bruce Ave., King Malcolm Ave. and Monterey Ave., we need them on Saltoun Ave. In fact I'm sure that ALL the side walks need to be added or fixed in the Kings Heights neighborhood!
Tim Lemke (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 06:09 PM
We're hearing from those in the know that this money can't be used for sidewalks, at least under current law. Apparently, the money must be used to address things more directly related to traffic capacity.
J.A. Johnson February 11, 2013 at 06:14 PM
A separate right turn lane out of Charter Oaks blvd would be great! There are currently 2 lanes, left lane is left turn left only, right lane is straight and right turn. This causes a delay for people who want to turn right on red there.
J.A. Johnson February 11, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Also a longer merge lane coming off 32 west merging into 175 north. Very dangerous there.
Carol Hensley February 11, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Tim...I'd think the safety of our children should outweigh beautification projects. I understand that traffic issues should also be addressed but it's really a shame that some of this $ can't be used just for safety reasons.
Jeff Andrade February 11, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Section 13-2-205 of the Anne Arundel County Code state that routine maintenance and repair of sidewalks is the responsibility of the abutting property owner unless "the County has damaged the sidewalk in some manner". The County needs to enforce it's ordinances and make sure all property owners take responsibility for the deteriorating sidewalks abutting their property in Odenton. Personally, would like to see more bike lanes connecting to the WB&A and MARC station, more traffic calming measures on roads where the average speeds exceed posted limits, and improving the commute time traffic congestion around the 170/175 intersection and train station which has gotten much worse with all the new, poorly-planned development and is likely to get worse. Also, not enough has been done to try to alleviate the number of vehicles - especially vehicles carrying only one person - driving on and off Ft. Meade, which further adds to local rush hour congestion.
Dawn from Odenton February 11, 2013 at 07:04 PM
There are no sidewalks on the roads that people are asking to get sidewalks, therefore property owners can not take responsibility for them. It will be a shame when a child is killed walking to school in the street when there was money to prevent it.
Ryan Stavely February 11, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Traffic capacity doesn't necessarily mean beautification projects. How much would it cost to add a third lane on 32 West from 198 to 175? It would completely eliminate the backup that forms every evening when traffic merging in from 198 brings things to a complete halt. It would also give more space for people getting off on 175 to get to the right so that through traffic headed to 97 can stay left and keep rolling.
Stephanie February 13, 2013 at 01:29 AM
They recently did sidewalks and roads in King Heights but they were already there.So what people are asking is there are roads in this neighborhood that children walk on that do not have sidewalks,and they need them.Also why does the county fix some stuff but not the whole neighborhood
John February 13, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Not sure what the county codes are, but I can tell you that about 5 years ago the county did spend county tax dollars to repair existing sidewalks (where they exist) in the Kings Heights Neighborhood and at the time the residents were told that there was no money for NEW SIDEWALKS. The streets that we are asking for sidewalk on are the major streets entering the community from Odenton Rd. Sidewalk would make the pedestrians that use these streets much safer.
Carol Hensley February 13, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Ryan...I think that you mean adding a third lane to 32 East going towards Odenton and I totally agree with you on that. I drive that way home every night.
Carol Hensley February 13, 2013 at 05:48 PM
John...I do remember when they did sidewalk repairs in the far back part (I'm assuming of Kings Heights) but can't remember the names of the roads about 5 yr.'s ago. And again I agree with making sidewalks on King Malcolm, Bruce and Monterey Ave. because there are NONE there now and I don't know if they ever were there before.
Dave February 14, 2013 at 02:25 AM
What about a "bicycle path" that parallels MD-175? Odenton is rich in bicycle trails but poor in bicycling connections to the centers of employment.
Ryan Stavely February 14, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Carol, you're absolutely right, I meant 32 East.
Nicole Organek February 15, 2013 at 02:23 PM
I would like to see alternate entry exit points to get to the platform at the MARC station. The tunnel is scary unless you are with a million other commuters during rush hour, but there is only one way to get across the tracks!
Dr. Dave March 28, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Carol, having previously been a resident of Seven Oaks for many years, I know the homeowners association/developer has open land set aside and there are funds available for relatively small projects like this. Have you brought this up to the association's Board at one of the meetings?


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