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Pittman wants to prohibit development along Route 3

Posted at 5:48 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 17:51:35-05

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — Traffic has been on the minds of many after back ups at the Bay Bridge and now Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman wants your input about development along Route 3.

Pittman says there is one subject he gets feedback on more than anything - traffic.

That's why Pittman wants to get reactions from the public about a building moratorium in two of the most densely populated areas in the county, along Route 2 and along Route 3.

"We're doing a town hall and we're asking the residents how do you feel about the possibility of a moratorium on development on these two roads where they have failing intersections until the state comes in and does some work to move the traffic," said Pittman.

He says traffic on Route 3 in the Crofton area has doubled in the past decade and close to 70,000 cars a day travel on Route 3. He doesn't want to see Route 2 end up like Route 3. The county executive says both of these roads are state owned and he would need help from the state to make them better.

"It's a matter of putting the money into the areas where the problems are and these two corridors have been our number one and two priorities for state highway," Pittman said. "Every county gives them priorities to where the work should be done and we're not getting the response we need."

The county executive doesn't want to stop growth all together, he just wants to make sure that corridors that may be over developed already don't continue to add to the problem.

"We're trying to encourage development and re-development in parts of the county that we thing is appropriate that can handle it and that's where transit oriented development comes in and redevelopment of areas where we already have the infrastructure but, these two corridors I'm thinking we may have gone too far, It's time to slow down," Pittman said.

He says these moratoriums would not be permanent.

The public meeting will be next Tuesday at Arundel High School from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.