New project could ease congestion in Anne Arundel County

Posted at 9:20 AM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 17:40:41-04

Traffic troubles in certain areas of Anne Arundel County may become a thing of the past.

On Monday, County Executive Steve Schuh announced an agreement with the Maryland Department of Transportation to fund traffic relief studies for certain areas. The study would try to figure out how much of a difference it will make to commuters to widen two highways, and just how much it would cost. 

“We are committed to working with Secretary Rahn to relieve the worse traffic choke points in the Anne Arundel County,” said Schuh. “These two studies are critical first steps to ensuring we can break the traffic bottlenecks in Pasadena, Severna Park, Arnold, and Crofton."

To do this, officials are considering adding a lane in each direction on Ritchie Highway, from the Baltimore City line, all the way down to US 50 and US 301 on the Broadneck Peninsula. They're also looking at widening Route 3 from the Prince Georges's county line to route 32 in the Crofton area. 

County Executive Schuh has said the county is committed to spending $30 million a year to fix up more than 4,600 local roads in Anne Arundel County,

Commuters who are anxious for the road work to widen these highways to begin will have to exercise a little patience, but they still have a little time. The study itself won't be completed until next August.