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Croom Road Traffic/Safety
Discussion: Prince George’s County Police Headquarters
August 31, 2016
Facilitator: Delegate Michael Jackson, District 27
Volume of Traffic on Croom Station Road, Croom Road (MD Rt. 382) and Duley Station Road has been steadily increasing over time.
Rush Hour periods (a.m. and p.m.) have become filled with speeding, heavy traffic like a primary road.
Heavy, slow traffic on main arterial highways, Rt. 301, Rt. 5, is pushing inter-county commuters to find more and more alternative routes; activity is at a near frenzy during the peak periods on these rural connector roads.
Traffic Control Apps like Waze and others are pushing traffic onto rural roads like Croom Road.
These roads are not designed for the level and duration of traffic that is now being experienced; speed limits, are for the most part, posted at 30 mph and in some cases as low as 20 mph and no higher than 40 mph.
Drivers are constantly exceeding the speed limits and driving aggressively, particularly during the rush hour periods.
Tailgating is rampant and distracted drivers are becoming a serious hazard. If you pull out of a subdivision you can expect to be overcome by a speeding vehicle almost immediately and “pushed” down the road, even if you go 10-15 miles over the speed limit. My wife and I have been literally run off Croom Road, repeatedly by distracted drivers who cross over the double yellow lines while texting and talking on cell phones. They are usually very agitated by their long drives and commutes. The local resident, driving safely, then becomes the “object” of their frustration.
Bicyclists proliferate all three of the previously mentioned rural roads and are becoming increasingly
at risk. Apparently many of the riders are not aware of local conditions and how unsafe the roads have become. Its just a matter of time before a major accident occurs.
My own son and his wife and small child’s car was struck on Croom Road, by a driver who abruptly made an Illegal turn in front of them, apparently oblivious to the on-coming traffic. They avoided serious injury by only a miracle.
Deer proliferate the three rural roads at all hours and it is impossible to travel at the high speeds the commuters desire, without putting lives in real jeopardy. It is a rare day that deer road kill is not observed on one or more of these three rural roads. Again, its just a matter of time before a serious collision occurs.
Dump Trucks, Tractor Trailers and other very large vehicles now use Croom Road on a regular basis. This traffic is in addition to the vehicles that occasionally service local farms. It is evident, since there are virtually no commercial establishments in the area, that this is inter-county commuter traffic using Croom Road as an alternative to the congested arterial highways mentioned earlier.
Croom Road is a historically designated rural scenic road. The quality of life of local residents is being drastically effected and the situation will only worsen if solutions are not brought to bear. This rural country road is being turned into an inter-county connector. The ramifications for public safety are increasing exponentially. Please help us!
A full traffic study/survey of the three roads mentioned needs to be undertaken, if not already accomplished or in the works. Measures to mitigate conditions which have been outlined, on a long term basis, need to be implemented as a result. However, some immediate measures can and should be undertaken.
Traffic volume, speeds and other pertinent data need to be collected from devices placed on each of the aforementioned roads. This needs to be accomplished sooner than later, especially on Croom Road. This would
allow for some idea of the scope of the problems.
Signage needs to be erected which alerts drivers that they are traversing residential areas, speeds are being monitored and limits are being enforced.
In addition, large truck traffic needs to be limited if possible.
Speed camera zones need to be established where the law allows.
Traffic calming measures should be implemented where appropriate and effective.
Measures, if they exist, should be taken to discourage Waze and other apps from diverting traffic to these rural roads.
Radar and other traffic enforcement should be implemented on a regular basis, especially during morning and evening rush hours, until longer term compliance is achieved. Enforcement in the past has had a profound effect. If it is not repeated periodically, however, the effect begins to wear off. Enforcement to deal with distracted and aggressive drivers also needs to be implemented periodically. Even if one or two officers with radar enforcement appeared periodically, it would be effective.
The state needs to relocate the speed limit sign (40mph) from its present location on Road (heading East) located before the entrance to West End Farms, to past the sub-division. It is unsafe to increase the speed from 30-40 very near the entrance to a residential sub-division. A 30 mph speed limit sign needs to be erected (heading West) on Croom Road, before the entrance to West End Farms.
Inter-county commuters, especially, need to know that these measures and the concerted efforts are not going to be short term in duration so that it becomes more of a nuisance for them to use Croom and Croom Station Roads as regular commuting routes. If there is coordination, consistency and cooperation among agencies and jurisdictions, the roads can remain rural, scenic and safe.
Thank you for your assistance and support.omes the “object” of their frustration.
In addition, large truck traffic needs to be limited if poss