Agenda Item #6A
Streets and Roads - Obstruction Signage
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment (T &E) Committee
with the following amendment:
1) Delete the phrase "at least" from line
2) Require the County's contact telephone number on the sign instead of the permit
holder's telephone number.
Streets and Roads
Obstruction Signage, sponsored by Councilmembers
Berliner, Navarro, Council Vice President Floreen and Councilmembers EIrich, Hucker, Rice,
Riemer and Katz, was introduced on January
A public hearing was held on February 10.
The only speaker was a representative of the Maryland Building Industry Association. He
expressed concern about the implementation and enforcement ofthe requirement to post additional
would require signage concerning a permit to obstruct a right-of-way. Currently
pedestrians faced with a closed sidewalk have no easy way to determine how long the sidewalk
will be closed and who to contact ifthey have any questions. At least 4 projects in the past 4 years
were authorized for long term sidewalk closures without an alternative pedestrian walkway on the
same side ofthe street. Increased information may have resulted in less disruption for pedestrians.
The fiscal impact statement provided in a memorandum to Council President Leventhal on
indicated that projected costs would be
annual due to printing
costs for additional signs.
In a memorandum dated February
the Executive supported Bill
While construction activity is an important and desired element of our economy, we must
work together so that construction impacts of pedestrians, vehicles, bicycles, residents and
existing businesses are properly managed and do not become overly disruptive.