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May 02, 2010

Editor's note: Each Monday, The Herald-Mail will highlight an infrastructure issue or other problem and will try to find out what is being done to fix or improve the situation.

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The problem: In the midst of a construction project at the intersection of Dual Highway and Edgewood Drive, the far right lanes of Dual Highway in each direction are not marked to show whether they are right-turn-only or also can be used to continue through the intersection.

Gary Wright of Hagerstown wrote in an e-mail that the confusion about these lanes has led to near-collisions.

Headed east, drivers who treat the lane as a through lane have almost hit drivers turning into AC&T who think it is turn-only area and stay in the middle lane until after the intersection, Wright said.

He also said the paint has faded on the dashed line through the intersection that guides traffic in the two left-turn lanes from northbound Edgewood Drive to westbound Dual Highway, causing turning drivers to sometimes veer into each others' lanes.

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Wright said the solution to both problems was a matter of paint -- painting turn-only or combination turn-or-through arrows on the lanes and repainting the dashed line.

"This shouldn't have to wait until the intersection work is complete," he said.

Who could fix it: Maryland State Highway Administration

What they say: SHA spokeswoman Kellie Boulware said on eastbound Dual Highway, the far right lane is a right-turn-only lane prior to Edgewood Drive, but going west, the far right lane is a shared through/right lane.

"We will have to follow up with our traffic staff about the feasibility of adding signage or markings," Boulware wrote in an e-mail.

She said Friday the dashed lines for the turn lanes from Edgewood Drive onto U.S. 40 would be repainted that day to help reinforce the lane designations.

--Compiled by Heather Keels

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