Business owner says Greenfield signs should warn of truck traffic

August 24, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - City Engineer Rodney Tissue said he is willing to modify signs at the entrance of a proposed development to warn potential homebuyers about future semitrailer traffic in the neighborhood.

The signs, posted in the north end of Hagerstown at the entrance of Greenfield at Collegiate Acres, don't mention the truck traffic at this point.

They do, however, say the city will take control of Terps Boulevard, Greenfield's main thoroughfare, when the development gets further along.

Tissue said Greenfield won't open to through traffic until 100 homes have been sold.

The city typically limits traffic in burgeoning developments to protect construction workers, he said.

Myron Martin, owner of Martin's Elevator Inc., a feed, grain and fertilizer company at 13219 Maugansville Road, said he believes Tissue should change the signs sooner to warn people about the truck traffic.


Martin said he wants homebuyers to know that up to 350 trucks from his business could pass through the development each day.

Martin said he is concerned people might think the neighborhood would be a quiet place to live and, after buying a home, blame him when Terps Boulevard opens to his trucks.

It would be in everyone's best interest if the city and developer, Beazer Homes, made the situation clear from the beginning to potential homeowners, he said.

A Beazer Homes saleswoman told The Herald-Mail earlier this week that she would take the issue to her supervisors.

She could not be reached for comment Thursday.

According to Beazer's Web site, the homes will start at about $200,000.

When Martin is busiest in the fall, about 350 trucks could travel through Greenfield Monday through Friday from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m., he said. The trucks would cut across the development from Maugansville Road to reach Cearfoss Pike and Interstate 81.

Martin said the trucks currently drive down Marshall Street and through a residential neighborhood on Rhode Island Avenue to reach the on ramp.

That route takes trucks past two schools as well.

Martin's Elevator Inc. has closer access to Interstate 81 where Marshall Street and Maugansville Road meet, but the on ramp there is too short and steep for the trucks to pick up enough speed to merge onto the highway, Martin said.

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