"I think they need to warn people better with rumble strips," he said.
In addition, Evitts said he thought the road was not crowned very well.
"You can feel the weight of the vehicle shifting," he said. "You can feel your vehicle wants to go into the opposite lane."
Often, vehicles end up hitting a nearby utility pole, Evitts said.
Allegheny Power spokesman Todd Meyers said the company has had seven outages on that section of road in the past four years, including four involving broken poles due to vehicle accidents.
Meyers said anything that could be done to reduce crashes in that area would improve the reliability of the power system and could potentially save lives.
Who could fix it: Maryland State Highway Administration
What they say: SHA spokesman David Buck said the SHA has not had any requests to examine the curve, but he encouraged those familiar with the problem to submit a written request for specific improvements to district engineer Anthony Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buck said that in the last three complete calendar years, 30 crashes have been reported to police in the roughly three-mile stretch of Lappans Road that includes the curve. There were seven reported crashes there in 2006, nine in 2007 and 14 in 2008, Buck said. None was fatal, he said.
Buck said that because most crashes involve driver error, the SHA considers other factors such as sight distance, average daily traffic and proximity to schools when deciding whether engineering or sign changes are needed.
If the crashes at a site are due to factors like inattention, drunken driving or medical conditions, "there's not a lot engineering can do," he said.
In 10 of the 30 reported crashes at the curve in 2006, 2007 and 2008, speed was noted as the probable cause of the crash, Buck said. One was related to alcohol, one because a driver fell asleep, one a collision with an animal and one due to icy conditions. For many of the others, no cause was listed.
Buck said rumble strips have been installed on Md. 494 (Fairview Road) on the eastbound approach to another crash-prone curve, which was featured in the Oct. 5 "What's wrong with this picture?" story. Those strips are made from thick tape that goes across a traffic lane to warn drivers to slow down, Buck said. The SHA has also added a sign on eastbound Md. 494 warning drivers that an abrupt curve is coming up, he said.
Another change to slow drivers on that road, the painting of wider lane-edge lines, should happen within the next month, weather-permitting, Buck said.
Library alley potholes: The potholes in the alley that runs between Baltimore and Antietam streets behind the Washington County Free Library, which were described in the Oct. 26 "What's wrong with this picture?" story, have been patched.
-- Compiled by Heather Keels
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