Regional planners from the State Highway Administration introduced a statewide highway corridor study that will include Route 3, a move met with skepticism from residents at a Greater Crofton Council Meeting Tuesday night.
Officials expect to have recommendations by early 2020 but said they do not currently have any state funds allocated to follow through on recommended changes.
Nearly 60 people came to the meeting to discuss the Route 3 corridor, a state highway that sees an estimated 70,000 cars a day. Traffic and safety concerns about the corridor recently prompted Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman to mull a development moratorium until traffic is addressed.
Stephen Miller, an SHA regional planner for Anne Arundel County, said that as of Tuesday night, he did not know how the results of the study would be communicated to the public.
Many of the residents gathered said they were hoping to see action on behalf of the state and county and expressed frustration at the news of another study.
“Time is not on our side. It is just going to get worse," Pruski said.
He suggested red light cameras and speed cameras might reduce accidents and relieve some traffic, and public transportation could reduce the number of cars on the road.
Pruski said he knows people are sick of sitting in traffic.
“If the state won’t step up, maybe the county has to,” Pruski said. “Certainly, something has to move forward.”
James Kitchin, who works for the county’s community engagement and constituent services office, said he understood the frustration and would convey it to Pittman. He also asked that community members come to Pittman’s upcoming transportation town hall on Tuesday, at the Arundel High School cafeteria from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“I understand how frustrated you are, not because I’ve looked at studies,” Kitchin said, “I grew up here.”
He said that the approach needs to change, which is why the County Executive is exploring the establishment of a moratorium that would prevent any more development in the area until the traffic issues are addressed.