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Crofton and Bowie join to ease traffic

Crofton community leaders have agreed to work with people from Bowie to help devise a solution to traffic congestion on Route 3.


It's the latest step in a years-long struggle to cope with the traffic resulting from growth along routes 3 and 301.

The Crofton Civic Association opposes the idea of expanding Route 3 into an interstate highway, but agrees that something has to be done to relieve traffic congestion.


Association President Edwin Dosek said his group "sort of struck a deal" with Neil Pederson, the State Highway Administration's chief planner, to work with Bowie on a citizens' advisory panel to look at Route 3 between routes 50 and 32.

In response to a letter from Bowie officials, Mr. Pederson suggested at the Crofton Civic Association meeting Monday night that such a panel be formed.

Mr. Dosek said the committee has no specific deadline for a report and said, "I don't anticipate any real quick solutions. I don't know that we're aiming at anything other than dialogue."

"We ask that the communities get together and develop some sort of consensus among themselves," said Bob Sanders, manager of the Route 3 project for the highway administration. "Then the state's going to be very willing to step in and help them if we can."

The citizens' panel would be working as an offshoot of the Route 301-3 project, under which the state and communities are considering several ways to ease traffic, including rail, buses and car-pool lanes.

Archbishop Spalding announces scholars

Archbishop Spalding High School has announced its seven National Merit Scholars.

Nathaniel T. Chaudoin of Severn, May L. Langville of Arnold, Megan E. Obrien of Severna Park, Chris J. Snead of Gambrills, Marc D. Hutchison of Severna Park, Erin P. Newman of Annapolis and Shelly M. Puhak of Crofton have all received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.


Their commendation is based on their performance on the 1991 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Program, placing them among the top 5 percent of more than 1 million students.


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