Christophers Crossing Speeding

Some residents of the Clover Ridge community have concerns 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 and observed many motorists exceeding the posted 30 mph speed limit.

For most Frederick residents, the opening of a new section of Christophers Crossing is an important addition to the local infrastructure to help ease traffic concerns on the north side of the city.

But some residents of the Clover Ridge community have concerns that the new road will lead to more drivers speeding through their neighborhood.

People in the neighborhood have been worried for a while because they knew that the project – which was officially opened Friday – was preparing to open, said Laura Rigsby, whose family lives in Clover Ridge.

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.

The $4.9 million project fills in a 1,850-foot, four-lane missing section 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.

With the opening, Rigsby worries that people from outside the neighborhood will be cutting through to get to U.S. 15., and what speeds they’ll be traveling when they do.

The city recently raised the speed limit in the neighborhood from 25 mph to 30 mph.

She said she doesn’t want to keep cars out of the neighborhood, just make sure they’re traveling at safe speeds.

She’s also concerned about a straightaway that runs from Opossumtown Pike to the new traffic circle, which creates another worry.

“It looks like a drag strip. And that’s how it’s going to be treated,” she said.

Ron Prue, another Clover Ridge resident, also worries that there’s nothing to slow drivers down on the stretch between the entrance to Clover Ridge and the new circle.

Like Rigsby, he’s not worried about the increased traffic, just the speeds of drivers.

At 73 and retired, Prue said he’s not concerned about himself.

But the neighborhood has a lot of young families with small children, who don’t always pay attention when they walk or ride their bikes around the neighborhood, he said.

In an email to several residents who had contacted him, Cherian Eapen, a traffic engineer for the city, acknowledged their concerns and said that the city always looks to engage citizens through a comprehensive planning process that looks at improved traffic flow and transportation access, and enhanced pedestrian safety.

Eapen noted that Christophers Crossing is classified as a primary arterial road by the city.

“This roadway encircles the city along with Monocacy Blvd and is intended to move traffic through the city safely and efficiently at slightly higher speeds, connect communities between regional and local residential roadways, and to ensure timely emergency response throughout the city,” he wrote.

The city is planning more improvements to Christophers Crossing to help with traffic and pedestrian safety, he noted, including installing a traffic signal at the intersection of Opossumtown Pike and Christophers Crossing, which will have enhanced pedestrian crossings.

They’re also looking at chances to improve pedestrian crossings at Moran Drive and Wheeler Lane, he said.

To help address speeding concerns, Frederick police will provide extra traffic enforcement in the area and collect speed data for further analysis, he said.

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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.

(20) comments

Waltsun

I always find this amusing, what did they expect when they moved in? How do they drive when in other neighborhoods and areas? I see a lot of minivans and SUVs racing around town all the time. That said, I certainly don't want anyone to get injured. Maybe the city will step up with at least some 4 way stop signs (then everyone can complain about that lol). In the end, good luck with the city on doing any traffic calming. We have been asking for that downtown for years (many folks, I'm sure some from these same subdivisions, treat many of the side streets likely raceways, guess that's ok) and it just lands on deaf ears. It gets extra fun trying to guess when to cross the "numbered" streets from the alleys as the side distances are very limited. Just like with Christophers Crossing, someone will have to be (God forbid!) killed or seriously injured before the city does anything. Meanwhile, they argue that they are helping the tax base with all of this new development. LOL

shiftless88

I know; what the heck did they expect?

notconcerned

Traffic equals prosperity -

petersamuel

Be thankful for the roundabout, which forces traffic to slow. Much superior to a signalized intersection and the beckoning green light telling every driver 'You might get through if you hurry. Faster, faster, faster..."

Cowell

Anyone who bought in that region should have done their homework. The City has had plans to construct a "beltway" around the 70/15/270 interchange for decades. Once completed, a motorist may exit 70 and traverse Monocacy Blvd across 15 through Chirstopher Xing back to 40 on west side of the city. I feel bad for those residents that were not prepared for this.

LAR1

I have since moved but in 1998 I bought a new home in Clover Hill 3 not too far from from Christopher’s Crossing. At that time no one told me CC would become a thoroughfare. And I spent many hours in the sales office discussing purchase and options. So this may have been hidden from buyers. Sure glad I have since moved to a rural (for now) area. Perhaps speed bumps could be placed.

shiftless88

I agree the developer will not tell you. I checked with the county when I was buying to see what the plans were for the area I was buying some land.

gramps

Yep that road has been planned for at least 30 years. Do your homework people. Buyer beware....

JerryR

OMG – what the heck do they think the Cloverhill 3 neighborhood has been dealing with on Christopher’s Crossing for the past bunch of years since Cannon Bluff was built – we routinely see cars literally going 60mph+. Trying crossing Christopher's Crossing with that going on. However, we knew what we were getting into, so did they in Clover Ridge. I’m sorry but I have zero sympathy for them until they crack down on speeding within Cloverhill 3 neighborhood too. Cloverhill 3 doesn't even have crosswalks. Yes, i admit we are county, not city.

Dwasserba

Hey, neighbors north of Amber Meadows: Opossumtown Pike has a speed limit of 35. Yeah, I'm talking to YOU

fnpreader123

And 25 for the stretch over 15, which everyone ignores. I get so much road rage, they need to either change it or put up a bunch more signs.

Dwasserba

The sidewalks there are skimpy, frequently used esp by TJ walkers, and don't leave a lot of room for error. We all need to quit treating other people's neighborhoods like they're just a way to get to our own. Look around. Those are humans.

Biker1

Join the crowd...since the pandemic began U.S. Rt. 15 north of Frederick has become a racetrack. Slow lane about 70, fast lane about 85-90 and passing on the right shoulder is common. Speed cameras and more live enforcement could help.

bosco

[thumbup] on the speed cameras and some live cops there with radar would help too. [ninja]

Psizzle

So now they want police??

Greg F

“They?”

Greg F

Oh joy...this hasn't even been opened a week and we have all the pre-conceived notions that it will become a drag strip. How about 26 between the bridge and Monocacy. That's a drag strip....65 all the time is what I see in a 45 zone.

Thewheelone

"With the opening, Rigsby worries that people from outside the neighborhood will be cutting through to get to U.S. 15., and what speeds they'll be traveling when they do." After living on Butterfly Lane for over 30 years, I can tell Ms. Rigsby that her concerns will come to fruition.

Frayou

Just another part of Frederick City mini beltway. As I recall, I believe Wormans Mill section use to have speed bumps during it initial development, but when developer turned it over to the City and it became a major through way, they disappeared. Traffic races though the Wormans Mill section now with all the increased commercial development, Walmart and such. “If you build it, they will come.” Good luck.

Greg F

If you build it, they will speed.

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