Christophers Crossing Speeding (copy)

Some residents of the Clover Ridge community are still concerned that the new section of Christophers Crossing will lead to more drivers speeding through their neighborhood. The new segment connects the end of Christophers Crossing in Clover Ridge to a roundabout at the intersection of Walter Martz Road and Poole Jones Road. A group of neighbors gathered on the corner of Crestone Drive in June to observe motorists exceeding the posted 30 mph speed limit.

Residents of Frederick's Clover Ridge neighborhood on the north side of the city continue to be concerned about drivers speeding on a newly built section of road. And once again, they are asking the city to take steps to control it.

The problem arose with the opening of a section of Christophers Crossing in June. That road connected the end of Christophers Crossing in Clover Ridge to a roundabout at the intersection of Walter Martz Road and Poole Jones Road.

The project filled in an 1,850-foot, four-lane missing segment of Christophers Crossing, which will ultimately stretch from U.S. 15 north of Frederick to U.S. 40, on the system's west side, an important transportation corridor in the city.

The situation has gotten worse since the section opened, said Clover Ridge resident Ron Prue, who is helping to rally neighbors to pressure the city to deal with the problem.

The number of speeders has increased, as more drivers realize the route is available, Prue said.

Many people in the neighborhood are concerned about their children's safety, although they're also upset by what they see as a lack of concern from the city, he said.

Drivers tend to drive faster on a new road without paying attention, and then slow down over time, said Cherian Eapen, manager of traffic engineering for the city.

The new stretch of Christophers Crossing classified the road as an arterial road and raised the speed limit from 25 mph to 30, which serve as principal routes to get people from one point to another across the city, Eapen said.

City police monitored the area from June through September, Eapen said, although Prue said he didn't notice officers after June.

The city has recently added two crosswalks in the neighborhood, and will eventually install a traffic signal at the intersection of Opossumtown Pike and Christophers Crossing.

The city is waiting to receive payment from the developer, at which time the project will be put out to bid, Eapen said. There is no timeline for when that project might be completed.

“With the new crosswalks and associated signage now installed along Christophers Crossing, we will continue to observe traffic operations, collect new speed data to determine if the installed updates have influenced speeds along the roadway, and work with [city police] on enforcement actions as needed,” Eapen wrote in an email to Prue last week.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

(16) comments

user2403

I use that road often and try to pay attention to stay within the speed limit. However, I can see that the wide, open nature of the road, with few stop signs along it, lends itself to not realize how fast you are going. As annoying as they are, I think more speed bumps or stops signs would help, rather than cameras. Speed bumps and stop signs slow you down in the moment, while cameras means you just get a ticket in the mail weeks later, after the damage has already been done.

Brookhawk

In a country where the president ignores every law on the books, how do you expect drivers to obey speed limits? Drivers were never inclined to pay attention to speed limits anyway. Why start now? Laws mean nothing if they are not applied to everyone.

jloo

Especially Hillary Clinton.

Greg F

Show me the conviction vs a fake pizza parlor setup. Trump has multiple convicted direct reports to his position and business associates, as well as sex assault cases, fraud lawsuits, fake college dismantled, and a child rape charge.

bosco

So now excess speed in Frederick is Trump's fault. Wow, the guy has some kind of super powers if he's responsible for speeders. Or maybe he just lives in your head.

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Dwasserba

Amber Drive has a four way stop near its park that is also a route to Monocacy Middle and Elem usually. So often cars just run the stops on Amber Drive. Cars fly out of the 7-11 lot as they leave, crossing in front of traffic entering the development to get to the light. I anticipate this and brake. I honk at the stop sign runners. Was this always so. No. Amber Drive was once a dead end. There were no schools. It was a field with a house. Opossomtown Pike was a two-lane meandering country road people on horses shared with cars. Some necessary adaptations to new situations suck and you worry every day about kids in crosswalks and such. Cars don't need signs that say, "This isn't my neighborhood" - because it's clear which cars those are. Sometimes they honk back angrily. How dare you point out that stop-means-stop.

Guy T. Ashton

It would seem rather naïve for the city or the local residents to think that a stretch of road, built purposely as a loop around the city and a way to lessen traffic on 15, and built as a 4 lane road no less, would be successful as a 25 or even 30mph road. Unfortunately for those people in that neighborhood the traffic situation is not going be the residential traffic flow they were used to ever again.

gabrielshorn2013

That's a good point Guy. A four lane road with a 25 mph speed limit, especially one built as the Frederick Bypass? Naïve indeed! Nonetheless, please, slow down people. You just may save some kids life. Traffic control seems to be in order. Roundabouts at intersections? Four-way stops?

Whatsup

I took that route one day to see what it was like and if it would be beneficial to me. Don't think I will ever have to take it again. I would prefer 15 over that road any day. Even if I had to backtrack, I would prefer to be on 15.

Fredginrickey

Who’s the developer? Name and shame them into paying what they promised.

bosco

Put up a speed camera. Raise some money and slow down the speeders.

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C.D.Reid

Yep [thumbup][thumbup]

trwz

I agree that a speed camera would be helpful. The road that I live on is so unsafe with speeding that it frightens me to get my mail, mow near the road or do any type of yard work. Cars have driven across yards due to speeding. When I asked about a speed camera I was told that "C. Jenkins doesn't like to use speed cameras". So, what are citizens to do to maintain safety?

Greg F

Could do that in 26 as it passes toward the mono act bridge too. That sees 60-70mph all the time.

Greg F

Monocacy

Sally Snodgrass

I would appreciate a speed camera reminder. One ticket is all that's needed for me to become more aware. However even 30 mph is ridiculous to be expected for a US 15 bypass. That neighborhood & also the one nearer to Whittier will never be the same after the remainder of Christopher's Crossing is extended through Camp Rd at the RT 40 end.

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