Buttonwoods road project to begin soon
— 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.
All residents of The Courts at The Villages of Southfields will be guaranteed a nearby parking spot in the upcoming expansion project.