Traffic concerns continue to be a
topic of discussion among town residents and town officials.
While many suggestions have been made and considered, money
always seems to be the stopping block. Although there are
many disagreements concerning the question; does Emmitsburg
have a traffic problem? I see it both ways, if compared to
other areas such as Frederick or Westminster, Emmitsburg may
not have a traffic problem but, if compared to other towns
of more similar size, it is more obvious to see if
Emmitsburg doesn't already have a traffic problem, it soon
will. No matter if you agree or disagree that Emmitsburg has
a traffic problem, I believe you will agree that Emmitsburg
needs to take steps now or in the near future to plan for
additional traffic routes to decrease congestion. As we all
know, a large amount of the traffic that comes through our
Town is vehicles from Pennsylvania that we have no control
over. As MD 140 and Business Rt. 15 (Seton Avenue) divides
our town it makes Emmitsburg a major interchange.
Obviously we cannot relocate MD 140
or Rt. 15. Therefore, we must do our best to work with them
to create the best advantage for our town. I am sure that
almost every resident has at least one time or another said
or heard that we need to build a by-pass to eliminate some
of the traffic on Main Street (MD 140). At one time I was a
supporter of that theory. Over the past 12 - 18 months I
have had a change of thought on that theory. I still believe
that our comprehensive plan should identify a possible
by-pass route that would connect the west end of town to
South Seton Avenue. However, I do not believe even if it
were possible we should create a by-pass right away. The
comprehensive plan is a 20-year plan (updated every 5 years)
intended to provide long term planning based on community
change and projected needs.
I am sure through other newspapers
articles most of you are aware that I support a project that
would alter the traffic flow through the town square and at
the same time relocate as many as 12 - 20 parking spaces.
The biggest source of contention about this project is the
removal of parking spaces on Main Street. Some believe that
this will cause businesses on Main Street to fail. We can't
have it both ways, many small businesses in town survive on
the traffic coming through town and seeing their businesses.
If we build a by-pass and discourage traffic from coming
through town these businesses will lose the everyday
reminder that drivers get as they pass through town on their
way home. Creating a by-pass will create the out of sight
out of mind syndrome. If relocating parking spaces less than
a 1000 feet from the square will cause businesses to fail,
what will a by-pass do when businesses no longer gets the
amount of visibility they are getting today?
If you have any questions, please
feel free to call the town office, or e-mail me at email@example.com
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