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Commander suggests traffic alternatives

April 11, 2000

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown officials may want to consider banning left turns from Oak Ridge Drive to Alt. U.S. 40 during peak afternoon hours to ease traffic backups, Maryland State Police Lt. Bruce Smith said during the Mayor and Council meeting Monday night.

Smith, barrack commander in Hagerstown, said the option may be the "lesser of two evils" in trying to keep traffic from backing up on Oak Ridge Drive due to someone waiting for a break in flow to turn left.

Smith said the other option, to add a short turn signal, could lead to backups on Alt. U.S. 40 as well.

The hope would be that once people get used to not being able to turn left at the intersection that time of day - from about 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. - they'll start taking an alternate route around Funkstown, he said.

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Nancy Jones, of the State Highway Administration, will come to the next town meeting to discuss the options in greater detail, Smith said.

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