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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.

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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.

Miller said he understood the community’s response.

“At the end of the day, we’ve done a lot of studies on Maryland 3,” Miller said. “I understand that this is the latest iteration of that. We are taking a new approach.”

Harry Sinclair, who said he has lived in the area for 76 years, brought old reports of Route 3 corridor studies and newspaper clippings dating back to 1989.

The study aims to be a comprehensive look at the issue, Miller said, and look at a network of highway corridors including Highway 97, Route 50, Route 2, Route 3, Highway 450, and Highway 197.

“We are working with the county,” Miller said. “They have been holding our feet to the fire on this.”

Crofton resident Denise Harbaugh said she thinks navigation apps are diverting Route 3 traffic into her neighborhood.

“So when my road is destroyed, how are you going to work together with the county?” Harbaugh said. “What is going to happen to my road when the state is still doing studies 10 and 20 years from now?”

She asked about the possibility of restricting traffic from going into neighborhoods. She said the presence of semi-trucks and dump trucks make her keep her windows closed.

While some, like Harbaugh, stood up several times throughout the night, others sat quietly, sipping from to-go coffee cups, taking notes. One woman was knitting.

Councilman Andrew Pruski, D-Gambrills said he’d like to see something done before the end of his council term, three years from now. The sooner the better, he said.

“Time is not on our side. It is just going to get worse," Pruski said.

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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.

“I want my kids to want to stay here,” he said.

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