Gary Wright of Hagerstown, who wrote in about the issue originally, said the sign seems to imply the lane continues through the intersection, contradicting the SHA's statement that it is for turns only.
Wright said it made more sense for the lane to be for turns only because the portion of the lane that continues past the intersection is used for traffic turning right from Edgewood Drive onto Dual Highway to merge into traffic.
"As stated, that plan would have been the safest way to direct traffic flow -- but that sure isn't what we have now!" Wright wrote.
Another reader, who wrote in anonymously, agreed that the intersection would function better if the lane were marked as right turn-only.
"Now, you have these vehicles going into the far right lane and speeding ahead of the other two lanes that are going straight," that reader said. "If you want to make a right turn on red, you cannot because there is almost always a vehicle that is going straight out of what should be a right turn lane only."
Who could fix it: State Highway Administration
What they say: After speaking with an engineer, Boulware said the lane was not marked as right turn-only because of a desire to allow drivers turning into the AC&T station just past the intersection to get into the right lane before the intersection and proceed through.
However, the lane should not be used as a bypass lane and the "lane ends" sign was meant to discourage its use as a through lane for any vehicles not turning into the AC&T, Boulware said.
She also noted that as part of the ongoing improvements to that intersection, the concrete island that ends the right lane eventually will be removed and the lane will become a third through lane extending to the end of the project limits, near Bob Evans.
-- Compiled by Heather Keels
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