But­ton­woods road project to be­gin soon

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

ELK­TON

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— The long-awaited road restora­tion project in the But­ton­woods neigh­bor­hood is ex­pected to be­gin this week.

When The Courts at The Vil­lages of South­fields, also known as But­ton­woods due to the name of its ac­cess road, on White­hall Road was built, res­i­dents were given one-and-a-half park­ing spa­ces per house­hold.

The com­mu­nity’s home­owner’s as­so­ci­a­tion was in charge of the road up­keep and park­ing rules, but it dis­banded in 2003. In 2008, the Elk­ton Board of Com­mis­sion­ers voted to take over the main­te­nance of roads, park­ing lots, side­walks, curbs, gut­ters stormwa­ter man­age­ment and open space in the com­mu­nity.

The main­te­nance has not been an is­sue, but park­ing en­force­ment has been due to park­ing spa­ces made pub­lic and res­i­dents park­ing freely, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for neigh­bors to park.

The $80,000 project cost will be funded by the cur­rent year’s bud­get due to a lean year so far.

Dan Han­d­ley, di­rec­tor of the Elk­ton Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works, said the project’s start date is weather de­pen­dent, but will take no longer than a cou­ple of weeks. If started soon, he said the project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of May.

Ac­cord­ing to the town’s pub­lic no­tice, the project was slated to be­gin on May 3, but rain has hin­dered the project’s start date.

Han­d­ley said all res­i­dents will have one as­signed park­ing space in front of their home. Res­i­dents between the 400 and 500 blocks of But­ton­woods will have 12 spots and res­i­dents between the 100 and 300 blocks will have 10 spots.

Res­i­dents will have a sec­ond des­ig­nated spot near their home, as well, Han­d­ley said. An ad­di­tional 48 over­flow park­ing spots will be cre­ated in or­der to en­sure such spa­ces.

Bus stops in the neigh­bor­hood will be tem­po­rary moved up to White­hall Road for safety rea­sons. Chil­dren at­tend­ing Holly Hall El­e­men­tary School, Bo­hemia Manor Mid­dle School and Bo­hemia Manor High School will catch their bus stops near the en­trances of the neigh­bor­hood, said Tracy Goudy, DPW ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant.

A rain gar­den, to fil­ter runoff wa­ter, is also planned to be in­stalled later in the year, Han­d­ley said.

COURTESY OF TOWN OF ELK­TON

All res­i­dents of The Courts at The Vil­lages of South­fields will be guar­an­teed a nearby park­ing spot in the up­com­ing ex­pan­sion project.

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