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February 20, 2011
  • In the block of North Locust Street between Broadway and Wayside Avenue in Hagerstown, dashed lane markings have been removed, converting two traffic lanes into one wide lane. An area driver said some drivers treat it as one lane, while others continue to treat it as two.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

The problem: In the block of North Locust Street between Broadway and Wayside Avenue, dashed lane markings have been removed, converting two traffic lanes into one wide lane.

One area driver said the single, wide lane is confusing. Some drivers treat it as one lane, while others continue to treat it as two, he said.

Who could fix it: City of Hagerstown

What they say:
City Engineer Rodney Tissue said when the city repaved that area and added a bike lane about six months ago, the street became too narrow for two lanes.

The one, wide lane now forms a transition area between the block to the south, which is one lane, and the block to the north, which is two lanes, Tissue said. Drivers can move to either side of the wide lane in preparation to get into one of the two lanes in the next block, he said.

“The only other thing we could do, maybe, is make the parking spaces wider so it narrows up the lane and makes it feel not quite like it’s two lanes,” he said.

 — Compiled by Heather Keels

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