Drivers in Anne Arundel County could see some much-needed improvements to roads resulting from the budget proposal for 2019.

County Executive Steve Schuch is proposing a $4 million hike in road maintenance funding, the first spending hike in three years. The new money would represent a 15 percent increase in last year’s $26 million budget.

Schuh told The Capital Gazette that previous funding levels kept roads from deteriorating but was not enough to prevent long-term problems.

The county executive’s budget also calls for road work projects in a number of areas including a $23 million widening of Mountain Road in Pasadena, as well as work on Catherine Avenue in Pasadena and Brock Bridge Road at Route 198 in Laurel.

The budget also includes $3.9 million to address a bottleneck at Route 214 at Loch Haven Road in Mayo. The project calls for an eastbound left turn lane on Maryland 214 and a southbound right turn lane on Loch Haven Road.