BALTIMORE (WJZ) — If you’re heading to the beach this summer, state officials want drivers to ignore their GPS if it has a short-cut that sounds too good to be true.
“What’s happening inadvertently here is that we are gridlocking neighborhoods, especially coming home on Sundays we want people to stay on U.S. 50 and not get off,” said State Highway Administration spokesperson Charlie Gischlar.READ MORE: Help Sought Identifying Witnesses To Baltimore County Cold Case Homicide
GPS apps like Waze are diverting drivers from Route 50 to smaller roads. State highway officials said that volume is clogging smaller highways like Route 8.
“And you got to think of the logistics of this too. You’re getting off of an interstate type of a road with multiple lanes and you’re going on to a two-lane highway, so eventually you are going to get stuck as well on those roads,” Gischlar said.
Another unintended consequence means first responders could get stuck in the traffic too.READ MORE: Annapolis Police Investigate 21-Year-Old Woman's Shooting Death
Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Jim Moran said they’re using various methods to deter people from using those detours.
“We are hoping for the state to give us access to shutting down some of these ramps on Route 50 westbound. We’d like to close,” Moran said.
Commissioner Moran also said there have been nightmare scenarios where the back-up is 10 miles long, and that’s why he’s echoing the same message from the SHA to stay the course.MORE NEWS: Baltimore County Police Looking For Missing 14-Year-Old
“So stay with Route 50, it’s your best bet eventually. You may hit some stop and go but eventually, it will break loose.” Gischlar said.