Bel Air residents in the Cedarday and the Estates at Cedarday developments are fighting plans that they say will extend Cedarday Drive to create a major traffic thoroughfare through their neighborhood, reducing home values and family security. The group is lobbying Harford County Government to instead make improvements to the exiting Cedar Lane as an access road connecting Wheel Road and MD Rt. 136. In addition to collecting nearly 175 signatures on a petition, the group has created the fact sheet below, which was provided to The Dagger by co-author Amy Jahnigen.
From Friends of Cedarday:
There is a meeting scheduled with the Department of Public Works for Tuesday, June 21, at 6:00 pm in the Auditorium at Patterson Mill High/Middle School.
As widely reported recently, Harford County is quickly moving to extend Cedarday Drive, which currently ends within the Cedarday development, through what is now woods, to the new Cedar Lane Athletic Fields just off Rte 136 (Creswell Road).
The Cedarday community believes that many important issues related to this extension, such as speeding, traffic volume, and neighborhood impact, were never studied. Input from the community was also never obtained. The impact of changing Cedarday Drive to Collector Road Status and extending it through our neighborhoods to Route 136, would, we believe, be highly detrimental in many ways: lowering our property values; putting our children at risk; changing for the worse the kind of neighborhood we live in.
The Friends of Cedarday are requesting that the extension project be held so that these studies and community inputs can occur.
At this meeting, Harford County’s Chief Engineer, Jeffrey Stratmeyer, will be present, and will answer questions. Also expected to attend is County Councilperson Mary Ann Lisanti, who represents this neighborhood.
The Friends of Cedarday feel that this meeting is the appropriate place for concerned citizens to demonstrate to the DPW and elected representatives the many concerns that exist, and the complexity of the situation. The public is invited to attend, and the Friends of Cedarday urge everybody to please bring everyone in the household!
For more information, please visit www.cedardaydrive.com.
Note: The Friends of Cedarday are a group of residents of both Cedarday and the Estates at Cedarday, who are concerned about the safety and security of the two neighborhoods. The Friends of Cedarday understand the importance and significance of planning in Harford County. The Friends of Cedarday seek to unify the many concerns of both neighborhoods in relation to the proposed changes to Cedarday Drive.
From the “Fight the Bypass” fact sheet:
Support Access, Fight the Bypass!
Against Cedarday Drive as a Bypass
We are for road access, but there are safer options!
Did you know:
– Instead of Improving the Cedar Lane Road, Harford County is planning to create a bypass through our quiet neighborhoods by extending Cedarday Drive to connect to Cedar Lane next to to the park, converting it to a thoroughfare.
– If you have ever seen 543 at rush hour, this change will not be small. If not, check it out, before it becomes part of your daily reality with a view from your front door or neighboring street.
– By classifiying Cedarday Drive as a “collector” road similar to Singer and Shucks Roads, speed bumps CANNOT legally be installed because it will impede the traffic flow they are expecting. The county stated they “want” traffic to cut through our neighborhood to get to 136, Cedar Lane Park and I-95.
– The proposed road is designed as a MAIN EXIT for Cedar Lane Regional Park (which currently hosts thousands of people each day of the week, with a $2M expansion in the works)
– Cedar Lane to Cedarday Drive to Cedar Lane is planned as a POSTED detour route for the 2nd phase of the Wheel Road reconstruction. This means all of South Bel Air will be using OUR community road as a shortcut to Rts. 136, 543 and I-95 N.
– Is this a community access road for the “benefit of our community” or a shortcut for all of Bel Air South impacting our family security, home values, appearance and the dynamics of our community?
– Do you enjoy watching your kids play on the streets and sidewalks with their bikes, trikes and scooters?
– Do you enjoy parking on our streets when you have parties?
– 15% of the homes in Cedarday and Estates at Cedarday are on Cedarday Drive — the values of these homes will drop, impacting the values of the ENTIRE community. (comparitive market analysis)
– The speed limit for the new stretch of road is planned as 35 mph down a steep grade, increasing a drivers speed as they enter our community.
– No traffic studies were done! Will this planned bypass even be able to handle the potential massive amounts of traffic?
– No recent public hearing has been held to date and none are planned to allow residents of the impacted communities to weigh in and express concerns.
– When you made your decision to buy in this neighborhood, did you anticipate sitting on a major thouroughfare?
Please act now!! Sign Our Petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/CEDARDAY