Stop sign approved for Dogstreet/Red Hills roads

November 07, 1997


Staff Writer

KEEDYSVILLE - The Dogstreet Road/Red Hill Road intersection just outside of Keedysville will have stop signs, despite warnings from Washington County's chief engineer that the signs will be ignored.

The Washington County Commissioners voted 4-1, with Commissioner R. Lee Downey voting no, to place a stop sign at the intersection.

Chief Engineer Terry McGee said the stop sign would be ignored by some drivers, creating a safety hazard. McGee said there is not a lot of traffic at the intersection and a stop sign is not needed there.


But local residents complained that taking left turns onto Dogstreet Road from Red Hill Road or taking left turns onto Red Hill from Dogstreet are dangerous maneuvers because of poor visibility and speeding drivers and requested a stop sign.

Peggy and Don Rivera, who live on the corner of Dogstreet and Red Hill, said the roads are used as a raceway by teenage drivers who frequently squeal their wheels around the bend in the road in the middle of the night. The Riveras said they hoped the stop sign will slow down traffic on the stretch of road.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook and Commissioner John S. Shank said they thought people would at least slow down for the stop sign, even if they didn't stop.

Downey said he didn't think the traffic justified a stop sign.

An unconventional yield sign that had been placed on Dogstreet Road will be taken down, and the county will install a strip in the road to encourage people to drive farther into the intersection before making left-hand turns so they can see if cars are coming.

Developer Victor Peeke rebuilt the intersection to county standards to serve his housing development.

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

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