Intersection controversy continues

October 17, 1997


Staff Writer

KEEDYSVILLE - The controversy over the rebuilt intersection at Dogstreet Road and Red Hill Road in Keedysville continues after county workers put an unusual yield sign on Dogstreet Road.

County Engineer Terry McGee said a stop sign which had been requested by local residents concerned about safety at the intersection didn't appear warranted by the amount of traffic.

McGee said the yield sign appeared to be working very well so far, but County Commissioner Ron Bowers said it was going to get somebody killed.


Under the new configuration, people wanting to go straight on Dogstreet Road heading out of Keedysville must yield to people coming in the other direction who want to take a left onto Red Hill Road as well as to people turning onto Dogstreet Road from Red Hill Road.

"I'm taught to yield to my right, not to my left, ever," Bowers said. "Show me any other sign in Washington County where you yield to oncoming, direct traffic. Somebody is going to get killed."

McGee said his staff had discussed that this was not the typical use of a yield sign, but decided it would be better than a stop sign. McGee said people might eventually ignore a stop sign if it's not justified by traffic volumes, creating a safety hazard.

The traffic advisory board decided Wednesday to appoint a subcommittee to look into the intersection, McGee said.

McGee said the county is also considering rebuilding the intersection a second time as a long-term solution.

The intersection was rebuilt to county standards by developer Victor Peeke to serve his housing development. But local residents say people trying to make left turns at the T-intersection can't see far enough to make the turns safely.

McGee said the county has also contracted with a company to look at the feasibility of creating a drainage swale to mitigate flooding of homes on Dogstreet Road in heavy rains.

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