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Edgewood Drive motorists face restriction at Howell Road

Left turns will be prohibited permanently even after project completion

August 05, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com

After two years of construction, frequent drivers of Edgewood Drive are used to blocked lanes and restricted turns.

But what they may not realize is that one of those restrictions will continue even when the construction project is completed and all the orange barrels removed.

Left turns from northbound Edgewood Drive onto Howell Road near Hoffman Automotive will be prohibited permanently, according to Geoff McCammon, Maryland State Highway Administration community liaison for Washington County.

The new median curb on Edgewood Drive is "mountable"  — meaning it has an indentation that can be driven over — at Howell Road, but that is for emergency vehicles only, McCammon said.

When the project is completed, signs will be posted labeling the cut as being for emergency access only, he said.

Likewise, the median strip will prevent left turns from Howell Road onto northbound Edgewood Drive, he said.

The county requested the restrictions on those two left-turns for safety reasons, McCammon said.

Previously, drivers making those left turns had to cross only one lane of Edgewood Drive, but since the widening project, they now would have to cross two.

"As a safety concern, they wanted to control access along Edgewood Drive so you're not crossing over two lanes of traffic," he said.

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