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New “Flush” Signal Timing Plan Also Developed After Meeting With

City of Annapolis to Address Forest Drive Traffic During Detour Situations


Annapolis, Maryland (October 29, 2014) – Anne Arundel County’s $251,000 interactive traffic control upgrades and new signal timing plans will go online this month to improve traffic flow efficiencies for motorists traveling to and from the congested Annapolis Neck corridor. The traffic signal upgrades and supporting software were supported by a $161,000 Baltimore Regional Transportation Board grant and implemented by the Department of Public Works to reduce congestion on Forest Drive.


“This corridor has been congested frequently for years – I know because I travel it daily,” said County Executive Laura Neuman. “The expense of increasing capacity along Forest Drive prompted the county to consider alternative ways to improve traffic flow, and doing so through the use of technology is exciting.”


The Adaptive Control Software (ACS) Lite technology will interact with recently upgraded traffic signal controllers at 12 Forest Drive intersections to continuously reallocate green light signal time based on real-time traffic volume data captured from remote monitors. The county anticipates results similar to the ACS Lite system implemented on Riva Road, which showed an 8 percent reduction in travel time and 26 percent reduction in total delay.


The DPW Bureau of Highways Traffic Engineering Division developed the new “flush” timing plans after meeting with City of Annapolis officials to address efforts to better re-direct Forest Drive traffic to and from detour routes. When new timing plans are activated, the appropriate side street traffic signals, timed to move traffic along Forest Drive, are reprogrammed to “flush” motorists around the closure. When the incident is cleared, the system will revert back to the normal timing plan.


“While these new plans will not eliminate congestion, I am pleased that we were able to collaborate with the City of Annapolis for more efficient use of our detour routes,” County Executive Neuman stated.


“This is a positive and fortunate outcome to a very unfortunate situation that resulted in major traffic gridlock back in March,” Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides said. “I am grateful to Anne Arundel County for their willingness to meet right away to discuss the traffic load on Annapolis roads, specifically on Forest Drive, and find alternatives for our residents.”


"Forest Drive is the main artery to many of our communities and I am proud to have worked with county Public Works staff to pursue efforts to improve and enhance traffic flow through this congested corridor,” said County Councilman Chris Trumbauer. “State-of-the-art signal optimization will help improve traffic flow, and the ability to ‘flush’ traffic in the event of an emergency is an important public safety upgrade for our residents."


Weekly Capital Project update for week of September 29, 2014.


Holiday Schedule – Labor Day

·   Sept 1st  –  NO Curbside Collection  –  WMS Facilities Closed

·   Sept 2nd  –  Curbside Collection Provided to Monday Customers - Facilities Open

·   Sept 3rd  –  Curbside Collection Provided to Tuesday Customers - Facilities Open


Annapolis (August 28, 2014) - The Department of Public Works, Waste Management Services will observe the following curbside collection schedule and facility operating schedule at the Millersville Landfill and Resource Recovery and the Northern, Central and Southern Recycling Centers in observance of Labor Day.


Curbside collections normally scheduled for Monday, September 1 will occur on Tuesday, September 2, and collections normally scheduled for Tuesday will occur on Wednesday, September 3.  All County recycling and waste facilities and administrative offices will be closed on Monday, September 1.  All County facilities will reopen on Tuesday, September 2.


Annapolis, Maryland (August 14, 2014) – The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Highways (BOH) has completed preliminary assessments of the road segments and underground utilities overwhelmed by Tuesday’s extraordinary rainfall.  Work to restore and repair washed out road segments, culvert pipes and underground utillity lines has begun and is estimated to cost at least $3 million.   
Flooding and excess rainfall also caused sanitary sewer overflows at the Cox Creek Water Reclamation Facility and Cinder Cover Sewer Pumping Station.
“The intensity of this storm was a knockout blow to parts of our systems,” said DPW Director Christopher Phipps.  “The amount of rainfall on Tuesday equated to at least a 200 year storm event in parts of the County.  Because of the complex and extensive nature of this work, some road segments may be closed for two to three weeks.”
One washed out section of Marley Neck Road near Marcy Drive will be closed for an extended period of time.  The rainfall and flooding damage exposed numerous underground utilities that will need to be restored including a 12-inch water main, an 8-inch gravity sewer main, a 32-inch sewer force main and several other gas and electric utiliites.  
Most active road closures are due to flooding and will be reopened to traffic as soon as possible.
Closed Road Segments-Severely Damaged
Culvert Pipe/Paved Surface Damage
W. Nursery Rd-1300 block
Marley Neck Rd-300 block
Marley Neck Rd-near Howard Rd.
Marley Neck Rd.-near Marcy Drive
New Cut Rd.-500 block
Boulevard Pl.-First block
Lake Front Dr.-First block
Brookwood Rd.-8200 block
Scheduled Repairs-Roads to Remain Open
Roadway Location
Solley Road-8000 block
River Road-1200 block
Beaver Road-7600 block
Rock Hill Road-1200 block
St. Ives Drive-200 block
Furnace Ave-near Patapsco State Pk.
Light Street Ave-near W. Chestnut
Sanitary Sewer Overflows
Cox Creek Water Reclamation Facility 57,600 gallons
Cinder Cove Sewer Pumping Station 43,000 gallons
*Both overflows were due to the excessive amount of rainfall.  The Department of Health has closed both Cox Creek and Furnace Creek and has posted signs warning against swimming and other direct water contact with these two waterways until August 20, 2014.  
*Anyone coming in contact with the affected water is advised to wash well with soap and warm water immediately.  Clothing should also be washed.


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