Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.

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