Several Spencerville residents and business owners met last night at Cedar Ridge Community Church to learn about SHA's MD 28/198 Corridor Study and discuss their locally-preferred alternative.
After a brief presentation and Q&A session to summarize the project history, explain possible solutions, and describe the goals of this advocacy effort, we broke into groups of six or less.
In the small groups, participants discussed in detail their preferences for "Segment C" of MD 198, particularly in the Spencerville Market area (from Good Hope Rd to Peach Orchard Rd). The small group format allowed each individual to explain their concerns and preferred solutions.
Each group was tasked with taking each individual's ideas and collaboratively developing a consensus that provided the most acceptable solution for the entire group. Once each group arrived at a consensus, the results from each group were summarized and reconciled to develop an overall consensus for all workshop participants.
The consensus reached at the end of last night's meeting included the following solutions:
- Roundabout at Good Hope Rd.
- Roundabout at Peach Orchard Rd.
- Do not support roundabout at Thompson Rd.
- Center turn lane between Thompson & Peach Orchard Rd.
- Left turn from MD 198 into Spencerville Academy.
- Landscaped medians where there is no need for left turns.
- Insist roundabouts should be designed to accommodate large vehicles, such as fire engines and tractor-trailers.
- MD 198 in Spencerville should be widened to the north to reduce impacts to Spencerville Market natural resources.
- Shared use path along MD 198.
- Explore feasibility of speed cameras and lowering ICC toll rates.