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Signage, Enforcement Changes at Brooks Robinson Drive

New signs are being set up along the Brooks Robinson Drive access road, and law enforcement of the new 24-hour parking limit will increase.

 

Beginning Wednesday, truckers and other motorists will be allowed to park along Brooks Robinson Drive in Pikesville for only 24 hours—half the time previously allowed.

These changes take place Wednesday, as signage along that access road to I-695 is being switched, according to a representative from Baltimore County Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond's office.

extends about a mile, from Park Heights Avenue to Stevenson Road, and is parallel to the beltway.

There is ample shoulder to allow travelers, including tractor trailers and other trucks, to park there.

Until today, the old signs stated that traffic could park along the access road for 48 hours.

But some neighbors complained to Almond that two days was just too much time, according to a representative from Almond's office.

They also complained that truckers and others were parking there well beyond that time limit, the representative said.

As part of the changes, Baltimore County police from the will increase enforcement of the parking rules, the representative said.

Some neighbors in the area, who have not wished their names to be published, have said that the traffic parked there was unsightly and often resembled a truck stop.

Brooks Robinson Drive is also a shortcut for local motorists who would otherwise have to get on the beltway to cross directly from Park Heights Avenue to Stevenson Road.

Will these new changes be enough? Do you have an issue or not with truckers parking there? Tell us in the comments section.

Jackie May 30, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I looked at the earlier article trying to figure out why after all this time this road has become a problem. Oh. Prostitution. OK. Only does this mean they will have to work faster now that there is only a 24 hour "layover" period? Forgive me for the pun.
Janet Metzner May 30, 2012 at 04:55 PM
There was not prostitution. They don't like that the trucks were parking there too long, so close to their homes.
Jackie May 30, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Good to know. But isn't there a very tall barrier that separates the street from the community on the other side? Was it the presence of the trucks or noise? And why after all these decades?
Janet Metzner May 30, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Yes, there's the barrier. From what I've heard, it was becoming an issue that trucks were parking there too long. And maybe they considered that suspicious. Also, they didn't like the aesthetics of it, the way it made the area appear to be, in ways, similar to a truck stop. However, not everyone feels this way. Keep in mind that, while the trucks and Brooks Robinson Drive were blocked from the neighborhood's view, residents drive in and out of the neighborhood(s) to and from work, schools, etc. and probably view it several times a day or more. I'm not personally advocating whether there was or was not a problem. I'm just repeating what some have said, although they did not want to be quoted.
MC Baker May 30, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Too close to their homes... these people should get a life... and worry about something that really matters like people still living in tents and trailers in Hati and LA after natural disastors or folks without clean safe drinking water... or people without food like in Niger or Baltimore... stop gripping and compaining and making life difficult for other and do something to uplift folks
Cheryl Cohen May 30, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Just for curiosity...is this property commercially zoned?
Jackie May 30, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Something isn't adding up here. If parking goes from a 48 hour limit to 24, won't there be MORE noise? I suspect someone new to the neighborhood wanting to change things to suit them. Are people climbing over the barrier wall to terrorize the residents or is this just NIMBY at work?
Crabcake Billy May 31, 2012 at 11:04 PM
This is a short access road that happens to be a very convenient place for truckers to stop for federally mandated breaks, wait for their next dispatch, or park their trucks while they take a day off. The nearest truck stops are in Elkton and Elkridge. Yes, the road is next to a neighborhood, but who or what is being harmed? The wall blocks the sight and sound of I-695 from the neighborhood. Even with the trucks, there is still plenty of parking for carpooling. I don't see rude behavior, loitering, discarded trash, etc. What is the problem? It seems to me that people want to have the good materials and products that trucks deliver, but it's the old story: NIMBY.
Janet Metzner August 01, 2013 at 04:11 PM
They can still park there, but not for as long: 25 hours now. It's been about a year since the new limit went into effect. Do you notice a change?

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