What's wrong with this picture?

August 28, 2011
  • This sign on Yale Drive in Hagerstown doesn't match the one on the opposite side of the road, which says the speed limit is 20 mph from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The problem: On Yale Drive in  Hagerstown, school speed limit signs on opposite sides of the road give different information about when the school speed limit is in effect. One sign called for a speed limit of 20 mph “when children are present,” while the other said the speed limit was 20 mph from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Charley Ware of Hagerstown wrote in about the signs, which he said should be consistent with each other.

“Which sign is going to be enforced?” he wrote.

Who could fix it: Washington County Highway Department

What they say: Highway Department Director Edwin Plank said he was aware of the conflicting signs, which resulted from recent construction in that area, and had consulted the county’s traffic engineer about changing them to be consistent.

“I had thought that was already taken care of,” Plank said.

Plank said the signs would be replaced with new signs that specify an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. time frame for the 20 mph speed limit.

Plank said listing specific times is preferable to “when children are present” because it is difficult for drivers to determine when children are present.

“They really mean the same thing,” he said.
 — Compiled by Heather Keels

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