County Executive Steve Schuh Announces Comprehensive Plan to Address Traffic Issues on Solley Road
Plan will make Road Safer for Travel
Annapolis, MD (December 3, 2015) – Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh today announced a comprehensive plan to address road safety issues on Solley Road in Pasadena.
“We are committed to ensuring that every county road is safe for travel,” said Schuh. “This comprehensive, thorough review of Solley Road and its cross streets will work to ensure we prevent as many traffic fatalities and injuries as possible in our county.”
The Schuh Administration’s plan, which will be undertaken by the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW), involves immediate corrective actions and a comprehensive process to assess the current conditions of Solley Road to determine what additional steps should be taken to ensure the road is safe for travel.
"This plan is a blueprint for making Solley Road safer," said Councilman Derek Fink. "I am pleased the County Executive is undertaking a thorough review of this corridor, and I look forward to championing any recommended improvements in the budget process this year."
“While you cannot prevent every tragedy, we know there are steps that can be taken to improve safety in this corridor,” said House Minority Whip Delegate Nic Kipke. “I thank the Schuh Administration for doing all it can to make Solley Road safer.”
As part of its immediate actions, DPW will be milling and resurfacing 620 feet of paving south of Chestnut Springs Lane to improve road friction and skid resistance. This paving work is scheduled to be completed December 5, weather permitting, and the final lane markings will follow shortly thereafter.
DPW’s Traffic Engineering office is also currently reviewing the entire Solley Road corridor to confirm that existing safety signage is in place and visible while also evaluating the corridor for possible enhancements. DPW is currently working to relocate the existing northbound school flasher slightly further north, closer to the school zone and will add two new speed activated flashers to warn drivers of hazards.
A more thorough assessment of Solley Road will involve two phases:
- Phase One: DPW will advance conceptual plans to design level for improvements to road geometry in the vicinity of Chestnut Springs Lane. This will lead to a proposed FY17 road improvement project.
- Phase Two: The Schuh Administration will propose funding to conduct a comprehensive traffic safety and capacity corridor analysis. This could result in identifying further medium and long-term comprehensive improvements that may be undertaken.
Since 2010, four people have lost their lives on Solley Road, with several others seriously injured in crashes. The latest incident was a crash on October 31st that took the lives of two local residents.
All proposed funding would be subject to County Council approval.