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Improvements Proposed for Route 3 Near Crofton

Developers of the expanded Village of Waugh Chapel in Gambrills promised attendees at the Greater Crofton Council meeting last month that street-level pedestrian crosswalks on Rt. 3 are on their drawing board.

Traffic lightA representative of Greenbert Gibbons also indicated that Route 3 will be expanded to four lanes in each direction from St. Stephens Church Rd. to Davidsonville Road (Rt. 424), although details depend on final state approval.

While Route 3 expansion is probably necessary and I applaud efforts to improve safety for pedestrians who now cross Rt. 3 without the benefit of any traffic control, we already have a stoplight at Johns Hopkins Road, Waugh Chapel Road, and the entrance into the Villages at Waugh Chapel.  Unless pedestrian crossings are via bridges over Route 3, these “improvements” mean yet another traffic light on Route 3 or lengthening of the red light cycle at existing lights. 

Neither of these options can be good for North-South traffic flow on Route 3, particularly during peak traffic hours. 

Another “upgrade” proposed by the developers is a so-called Michigan U-Turn, eliminating conventional left turn lanes and much of the conventional intersection.  Wikipedia describes this as follows:

When on the secondary road, drivers are directed to turn right. Within a 1/4 mile (400 m), they queue into a designated U-turn (or cross-over) lane in the median. When traffic clears they complete the U-turn and go back through the intersection. For additional safety purposes, the U-turn lane is designed so traffic only flows through it one-way.

Similarly, traffic on the divided highway cannot turn left at an intersection with a cross street. Instead, drivers are instructed to overshoot the intersection, go through the U-turn lane, come back to the intersection from the opposite direction and turn right.

When vehicles enter the cross-over lineup, unless markings on the ground indicate two turning lanes in the cross-over, drivers are to line up single file. A cross-over with two lanes is usually designated at high volume cross-overs, or when the right most lane is proceeding forward to an intersecting street. In this case, the right most lane is reserved for vehicles completing the Michigan Left. Most cross overs must be made large enough for semi-trailer trucks to complete the cross over. This large cross-over area often leads to two vehicles incorrectly lining up at a single cross-over.

GCC LogoCheck out the Greater Crofton Council website for the latest updates on these matters and other happenings in Crofton as to land use, development, zoning and similar issues.  

The next Greater Crofton Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., January 13 at The Village Commons Community Center at the Villages of Waugh Chapel.  Here’s a sneak peak at the agenda for this month’s meeting, which will address economic concerns as Maryland heads into the 2009 Legislative Session.

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