Locally-Supported Vision for Burtonsville
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Below are some potential improvements that could improve safety along MD-198 in Burtonsville.
High-Speed Through Traffic
Although the speed limit is 30 mph, vehicles commonly drive twice the speed limit. Crashes are common along this short segment due to conflicts between through and local traffic.
Multiple Curb Cuts
Driveways spaced out every 50 feet result in multiple conflict points and unexpected turns.
Inadequate Turn Lanes
The lack of left-turn lanes forces vehicles to stop in the middle of the road if they need to wait for a break in traffic before turning left.
Limited Local Street Network
The focus on through traffic has overlooked local traffic. Burtonsville lacks a system of local streets essential to creating a safe and efficient circulation pattern. A system of local streets should accommodate vehicles, but also provide a safe and attractive pedestrian environment that links local businesses.
Inadequate Pedestrian Infrastructure
Burtonsville’s current street pattern has created a difficult and unpleasant place to walk and ride a bicycle. The area does not have a system of continuous sidewalks, bikeways or trails. This lack of sidewalks and bike routes along and across MD 198 and Business 29 leaves the businesses and services disconnected. The park-and-ride lot and the nearby Fairland Recreational Park are also not connected to the commercial area.
No Sense of Place
Burtonsville is an automobile-oriented place. The development pattern along MD 198, for example, provides few connections between properties. Customers generally need to exit and enter onto busy, fast moving MD 198 each time they go to another nearby business. Conflicts occur between local and through traffic because of left turns and random right turns into properties along MD 198. A result of the automobile orientation is the lack of a defined center.
Segment D: Burtonsville
Segment D of MD-198 extends from Old Columbia Pike to Route 29. This half-mile stretch of four lane highway is notoriously stressful to navigate in a vehicle or on foot.