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Video detection system installed for signal at U.S. 40/Eastern Boulevard intersection

February 27, 2011

State officials have addressed an issue at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Eastern Boulevard by installing a video detection system for the left-turn signal, the Maryland State Highway Administration said in a press release.

Previously, drivers turning left from westbound U.S. 40 to Eastern Boulevard were not always pulling up to the stop bar and activating the detector embedded in the roadway, the release said.

The problem was featured in The Herald-Mail’s July 5 “What’s Wrong With This Picture?” column.

SHA spokesman David Buck said then that the signal’s loop detector could not be placed any farther back because turning traffic at that intersection queues on a bridge, and the detector could not be placed in the concrete bridge deck.

The SHA added a “stop here on red” sign in an attempt to get drivers to pull all the way up to the sensor area, Buck said.

Despite the sign, some drivers stopped short of the sensor, causing the signal cycle to skip the left-turn portion and causing traffic to back up, area drivers said.

To address the problem, the state installed a new $27,000 video detection system that uses cameras to determine when a left-turn cycle is needed, the SHA press release said.

The camera installation was completed in January by SHA’s contractor, Rommel Engineering of Odenton, Md., the release said.

“SHA listened to the concerns of the motoring public regarding the traffic operations at the intersection,” SHA District 6 Engineer Anthony Crawford said in the release.

Engineers will continue to monitor operations at the intersection, Crawford said.

“SHA thanks motorists for their patience,” he said.

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— Heather Keels

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