Back to life, back to (TRAFFIC) reality…

We return to our regular school year schedules in a few days. Below left is the future of the MD Route 4 at Cox Rd intersection. This intersection has some of the highest average daily traffic counts in all of Calvert County.  Do you drive through this intersection?  Traffic Plan Cox Rd

Above is pg 27 of the Transportation Plan update Power point presentation from 08/14. Black arrows at the light show current lanes. Red arrows show proposed lanes. This shows 11 lanes across MD4.

The County is currently updating the Transportation Plan. Did you know that the Cox Rd intersection currently gets a failing “F” grade in the afternoon? With historical growth in population, it will get an “F” grade in both the AM & PM rush, even with some improvements. And it will still get a failing “F” in the PM, with even greater and more costly road improvements. (Review the Transportation Plan power point for more info.)

You have until 6 September 2019 to submit comments on the Transportation Plan to pz@calvertcountymd.gov with “Transportation Plan Comments” in the subject line. (Note that neither the Powerpoint nor the county website seem to welcome your comments, as they don’t tell you where to send them.) There is also a Facebook video recording of the presentation.

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Kelly McConkey casts deciding vote to expand Huntingtown at Cox Road.

The final vote was 3-2 in favor of expanding Huntingtown Town Center across MD Route 4 at Cox Rd on August 6th, 2019.  Commissioner Kelly McConkey himself cast the deciding vote, with Tim Hutchins and Mike Hart also voting in favor. So it’s done. 67721429_10211904715127152_9177679559124844544_o (1)

McConkey cast a vote in spite of ethical concerns with conflict of interest.  He owns two properties (outlined in red) in the expanded area (green) which will now be zoned in the Town Center instead of rural community district or rural commercial zoning.

The State of MD Department of Planning average daily traffic counts showing THE HIGHEST VOLUME in Huntingtown at 41,891 trips per day; a count even higher than that at the largest Prince Frederick intersection.

There were thousands of pages of public comments submitted on the Comprehensive Plan . We challenge you to locate one comment from a Huntingtown citizen which explicitly supports this expansion.  Makes you wonder, who were the Commissioners they listening to?

Why is there a 495 Beltway? Traffic moves faster AROUND instead of through. This vote will put ALL travelers on MD4 through our town instead of around it.  Even Gov Hogan’s brand new “A Better Maryland” plan use Smart Growth and Sustainable Growth ideas.

What can you do? Talk to your neighbors and friends in the county.  This change will affect them too.  START PAYING ATTENTION! Make note and take photos of the current conditions; traffic, buildings, your quiet street, your home value, etc. They could be changing soon.  Continue reading

Join us this Tues @ 6pm for NNO

Join us this Tues 8/06/2019 from 6pm to 8pm for National Night Out(NNO). Meet us at the picnic tables in the heart of Huntingtown at 4300 Hunting Creek Rd. This is a community building event which promotes neighbor camaraderie and police-community partnerships.

We have invited the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) & the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Police (MSP), the Maryland Natural Resources Police and the National Capital Police.

(The address is 4300 Hunting Creek Rd or the corner of Old Town Rd & Huntingtown Rd.) We will have light refreshments & snacks. We invite you to stop by, or eat your picnic dinner with us. If you want, bring something your grew or made and have too much us in the hope of trading it with your neighbors. Stop by especially if you don’t have a neighborhood or yours is not hosting a NNO event itself.

(Our event is on the Huntingtown Citizens Association Facebook page.)