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LEGISLATION MUST BE PASSED BY THE MARYLAND STATE LEGISLATURE TO GIVE TO THE MARYLAND STATE ROADS COMMISSION THE AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH ROADSIDE PROTECTIVE AREAS OR STRIPS OF REASONABLE WIDTH IN WHICH THE LOCATION OF ACCESS POINTS, STRUCTURES, BILLBOARDS AND OTHER USES CAN BE REGULATED AND CONTROLLED. THE PURPOSE OF SUCH LEGISLATION WOULD BE TO: (1) MAINTAIN THE MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY OF HIGHWAYS AS TRAFFIC-CARRYING FACILITIES BY RETAINING CAPACITY, (2) REDUCE THE NUMBER OF HAZARDS, PLUS LESSEN THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS, MANY OF WHICH OCCUR AT ENTRANCES AND EXITS TO ROADSIDE ESTABLISHMENTS OR BECAUSE OF ROADSIDE DISTRACTIONS, (3) SAFEGUARD THE LARGE INVESTMENT IN HIGHWAYS BY MAINTAINING MARGINAL AREAS FREE FROM ENCROACHMENT, AND (4) PROMOTE ORDERLY DEVELOPMENT IN AREAS ADJACENT TO THE HIGHWAY, THUS PROTECTING REAL AND INTANGIBLE VALUES IN THESE FRINGE SECTIONS. THE LEGISLATURE HAS NOT PASSED THESE BILLS, BECAUSE OF PUBLIC APATHY TO ROADSIDE PROTECTION. HOWEVER, SERVERAL STATES HAVE PASSED SUCH ROADSIDE PROTECTIVE LEGISLATION. SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED TO RESERVE AREAS FOR WIDENING OR IMPROVING ALIGNMENT OF HIGHWAYS. THE REVERSE FRONTAGE ARRANGEMENT IS DISCUSSED AS A SCREENING DEVICE. COMPREHENSIVE ZONING, EMBODYING THE ROADSIDE PROTECTIVE FEATURES, AND THE REGULATION OF LAND THROUGH SUBDIVISION CONTROL CAN BE EFFECTIVELY EMPLOYED IN URBAN AND SUBURBAN AREAS.

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  • Accession Number: 00204796
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 3 1970 12:00AM