50 YEARS AGO
Traffic volume continues to rise in Queen Anne’s County, and across the Bay Bridge, according to the November report from the State Roads Commission, with the greatest increase recorded on U.S. Route 301 east of Md. Route 213.
Traffic volume for the month of November has risen by 31.6 percent at this location over the same month last year. In 1966, 09,873 cars were recorded for November with an average day of 3,662 compared to 83,471 in November 1965 with an average day of 2,782.
The accumulated total since January has risen by 11.9 percent over last year with 1,225,937 compared to 1,095,214.
Traffic figures on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge continue to show an impressive rise with 312,680 automobiles in November marking a 10.1 percent increase over November 1956.
The accumulated total for the Bay Bridge this year is 4,074,534, which is a 7.3 percent rise over 1965 and a 74.5 percent rise over 1956.
* * * In reply to a request from the State Interracial Committee, the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners have set Tuesday, Jan. 17, as a tentative meeting date to discuss the speeding up of plans to improve living conditions at Kent Narrows.
George T. James, director of the commission, said last week that members of his group will urge immediate steps to ease health and fire hazards in the shanties owned by the seafood packers which are rented to workers.
James said his decision to pressure local authorities for action was motivated by a fire on Dec. 16, which resulted in the deaths of three small children in one of the Narrows shacks.
… a survey made by the State Health Department … declared the whole area unfit for human habitation and found fire hazards in 91 percent of the dwellings inspected.
* * * A blinding snowstorm, the worst of the winter, whipped by winds clocked at up to 30 miles an hour, slammed into Queen Anne’s County on Christmas Eve bringing business and travel to a near standstill.
The white stuff was measured up to 10 inches, but winds pushed drifts of up to 8 feret along the highways and kept the state and county roads crews working right through Christmas Day.
Some 40 pieces of equipment, including those rented from private contractors, toiled straight through the weekend to keep the roads open.