What's wrong with this picture?

September 25, 2011
  • A row of triangles stretching across the left crossover lane at Md. 58's intersection with Terp Boulevard confuses some drivers.
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The problem: Some drivers crossing the median of Md. 58 at its intersection with Terp Boulevard are confused by a row of triangles stretching across the left crossover lane, which some interpret as arrows directing them to drive to the left of the double yellow line when headed in the direction of the arrows.

 “One member of my family feels we should be in the left-hand lane (double yellow lines on the passenger side) in order to turn left and another member feels we should be in the right-hand lane before turning left,” a reader wrote in an email. “Can someone provide some clarification? We have seen cars using both sides and wonder if a sign providing clarification would be appropriate.”

Who could fix it: Maryland State Highway Administration

What they say: SHA Spokeswoman Kellie Boulware provided the following response in an email:

“Drivers must always drive to the right of yellow lines or the right side of the road if no pavement markings are present. The white triangles in a line are intended to emphasize the YIELD condition rather than a solid line that is used with a STOP condition.

“Drivers should pull up to the triangles and yield to traffic before crossing or entering onto Md. 58. Vehicles are not required to come to a stop at this crossover, as traffic volumes on the road are relatively low and there are sufficient gaps in traffic that would allow for a YIELD rather then coming to a full STOP.”

Bouleware said she would relay the suggestion for clarifying signage to state highway traffic staff so they could determine if the confusion was an ongoing issue at that spot.

 — Compiled by Heather Keels

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