The county is proposing "basically a Churchville bypass," and Gutwald presented several variations on how that could look, including eliminating left-hand turns so drivers have to use roundabouts to "turn left."

"Ultimately, we realize there's going to be continuation of four-lane highway or even six-lane highway," he said.

Gutwald will make the same presentation in Aberdeen on Nov. 19, at a joint meeting of the city's planning board and city council.

He said the Havre de Grace City Council was not interested in receiving the presentation.


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Council president Billy Boniface said low-cost solutions are definitely needed, and tied the roadway into the discussion of traffic on Route 924, where the proposed Bel Air – Plumtree Walmart is going.

"It seems like every time you go there [on Route 22], there's another accident in that intersection and what do we do? We just keep adding more developments to the intersection without any major improvements," Boniface said. "We have to look at, this is a major problem for public safety in this area."

"It's going to need a lot of work to get done so everyone has to work together in a respectful manner," he said. "I suggest working together instead of separately."

The State Highway Administration recently made improvements to the Thomas Run Road intersection by HCC and is planning to widen and improve most of the Route 22 intersections in the Aberdeen area, as part of BRAC funding.

The project work has drawn fire from some Aberdeen residents who stand to lose their homes.

More Walmart

Boniface also noted the "talk in the press about the current Walmart" but said once again the issue is much larger than Walmart.

He said he had dinner with his in-laws in that area this evening "where there are signs up and down the road, illegally I think, Mr. [Councilman Jim ] McMahan, according to your rules."

Boniface was referring to McMahan's recent legislation to force the removal of temporary roadway signs.

"This has nothing to do with Walmart. This has to do with what is proposed there in that traffic system and what it will put on a road system that is failing without any significant road improvements planned," Boniface said.

Boniface encouraged those in the audience to work with the county executive on the Walmart controversy.

"The county executive has about 100 times the resources that this council has to look at these problems and come up with solutions," he said.

"I hear quite often, 'It's the law; they're permitted to have it.' Well, then there's something wrong with the law and we've gotta fix the law," he said.