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Solving the Sykesville and Eldersburg area's transportation problems is no easy feat -- just ask Steve Horn.

Last week at the Freedom Area Citizens' Council meeting, Horn, the director of the county Department of Planning, continued a discussion that's been going on for years now; namely how to create roadway connections that link parts of the busy Eldersburg community without adding more traffic to Liberty Road and Route 32.

It's a tough fix by any measure, and a tough sell when it impacts longstanding community institutions and neighborhoods.

That's the case with the proposal to redirect Johnsville Road and Progress Way so that the two meet up at Route 32. (See Charles Schelle's story, Page 1.)

From a transportation standpoint, it would provide a better link through the developing retail and office area east of Route 32 -- especially when you consider other connections that are planned, including the extension to Georgetown Boulevard to Progress Way and Bennett Road. Those links would provide a back-door access to that area and allow people to get onto Progress Way without ever traveling on Route 32.

The county's thinking is that a continuation of Progress Way across Liberty High School property to Johnsville would provide a better way in and out of that area as well.

But the cost is high, and not just in dollars. Closing Johnsville Road at Route 32, and cutting across Liberty High School property, are two features that residents may not be quick to embrace.

The move could be accommodated by rearranging the school's athletic fields, but judging by the reaction at last week's FACC meeting, residents are reluctant to see such an impact to make way for traffic.

Unfortunately, that's the state of affairs that exists today in South Carroll. Growth over the recent decades has not only triggered the need for more road connections, but it has had the dual detriment of taking away some of the options that might have helped the most.

Some areas where connections would have helped are gone to development.

Horn stressed that the Johnsville/Liberty High proposal is just that -- a proposal -- and that residents will have many formal occasions to weigh in. The school system, too, will have a say before anything is decided.

But it's wise to wonder just how much pressure might exist to make something, anything work when the options are dwindling, and the traffic is not.


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