The Belair Road Corridor Study is an assessment of the major transportation issues of a 4 mile stretch of Belair Road, a major gateway street in northeast Baltimore. The data and recommendations presented in the plan will help determine future infrastructure investments. Our goal is to make Belair Road a safer, more accessible and economically vibrant place for northeast Baltimore communities.
Thanks to the communities along Belair Road for participating in our two public meetings to discuss the Belair Road Corridor Study. The study will be used as an important guide for future street improvements.
We received a lot of great feedback which we will incorporate into the final plan. In general, communities want a more pedestrian friendly street, slower traffic, and a “Main Street” character to Belair Road which serves the needs of local businesses and residents rather than capacity expansions for pass-through traffic. Here’s a brief summary of the concerns we heard:
Intersection of Parkside and Belair – lots of cars running into fixed objects and buildings
Intersection of Belair and Erdman – dangerous left turning movements, cars running into sidewalks, high crash numbers. Community recommended left turn lanes/signals and bollards on sidewalk
Crosswalk needed somewhere between Erdman and Sinclair Lane. Bus stops, shopping mall, and large gap between pedestrian crossings (3500 ft.) causes people to jay walk at mid-block
Need handicapped parking somewhere on Belair Road
Need better pedestrian lighting near businesses
Median/bumpouts/beautification needed near commercial districts to slow traffic down and create safer, walkable areas
Consider streetcars as a long term goal. Streetcars down the middle of Belair Road would improve businesses visibility, vitality and act as traffic calming for cars.
New crosswalks should be stamped concrete or asphalt and painted with bright colors to slow traffic down and make crosswalks more visible.
Consider bumpouts near intersections to improve driver/pedestrian visibility and prevent cars from parking right up against intersection
Speeding traffic hurts businesses – drivers speed like they are on a highway, creating an intimidating place for pedestrians.
Broken/crumbling sidewalks throughout Belair Road
Pinch points (places where sidewalk width is less than 5 feet) causes people who use a wheelchair to ride on street
Speed cameras at Gardenville Elementary School at Belair & Frankford
More frequent buses on Moravia and Frankford intersections needed
Traffic calming needed on cut through roads in upper Belair Road corridor
Short term implementation items should be:
Traffic/pedestrian safety improvements at intersection of Belair and Erdman
ADA compliant curb ramps and widening “pinch points”