Police to Press State on Route 170 Traffic

Residents said there is too much traffic on Telegraph Road north of Donaldson Avenue.

Residents have complained about traffic on Route 170 in the Severn and Hanover area. (Credit: Tim Lemke)
Residents have complained about traffic on Route 170 in the Severn and Hanover area. (Credit: Tim Lemke)
Anne Arundel County police said they will ask the State Highway Administration to study traffic along a busy stretch of Route 170 in Severn and Hanover, following complaints from the community about the congested roadway. 

Local residents on Wednesday reiterated their concerns at a meeting of Western District Police-Community Relations Council in Odenton. Acting Capt. Thomas J. Kohlmann, the commanding officer for Western District, said the concerns have been brought to the attention of Police Chief Kevin Davis, who speaks frequently with SHA officials. 

Specifically, residents said the roadway becomes too backed up in the area north of Donaldson Avenue, and getting onto the road from side streets is challenging. They also said the cycle of the light at Route 170 and Donaldson Avenue should be studied. 

The concern over traffic comes as new homes are planned for the area.

"You guys have a legitimate gripe," Kohlmann said. "The traffic is crazy up there." 

Do you think traffic on Telegraph Road is challenging to deal with?

Diane in Odenton January 09, 2014 at 10:45 AM
YES! I come down Donaldson then make a left turn on 170 and the cycle of the lights there is frustrating. The left turn lane goes before the traffic going straight toward Reece Rd, but the straight traffic often blocks entry into the left turn lane, so you sit there, unable to get into the turn lane until another full cycle of lights has gone by. Can this be improved?


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