Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee
Bill 3-15, Streets and Roads - Obstruction Signage
Bill 3-15, Streets and Roads -.Obstruction Signage, sponsored by the Councilmembers
Berliner, Navarro, Floreen and Eirich was introduced on January 20, 2015. 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 of the requirement
to post additional information.
Bill 3-15 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 of the street. Increased information may have resulted in less disruption for pedestrians.
The fiscal impact statement provided in a memorandum to Council President Leventhal on
February 20, 2015 indicated that projected costs would be $200 to $1,000 annual due to printing
costs for additional signs.
In memorandum dated February 9, 2015 the Executive supported Bill 3-15. He added:
While construction activity is an important and desired element of our economy, we must
work together so that construction impacts ofpedestrians, vehicles, bicycles, residents and
existing businesses are properly managed and do not become overly disruptive.
Construction that is carried out
a cooperative and sensitive manner is good for the
community and local business.