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Intersection near Wesel could use a stop sign, reader says

November 27, 2011
  • At the intersection of Railway Lane and Underpass Way off Wesel Boulevard near Valley Mall, eastbound traffic from the dead end on Railway Lane does not have a stop sign.
By Heather Keels/Reporter

HAGERSTOWN — The problem: At the intersection of Railway Lane and Underpass Way off Wesel Boulevard near Valley Mall, eastbound traffic from the dead end on Railway Lane does not have a stop sign.

“This causes a lot of unnecessary delay in the overall pattern at the intersection,” Anne P. Wright of Boonsboro wrote.

Wright said the amount of traffic from the dead end is minor compared to the predominating traffic, which flows west to south and north to east. She suggested that traffic from the dead end should have a stop sign, while vehicles making a left from Railway Lane onto Underpass Way should have the right-of-way. This would also allow traffic turning right from Underpass Way onto Railway Lane to do so without stopping, Wright wrote.

Who could fix it: Washington County

What they say: Washington County’s long-term Capital Improvement Plan includes a project to reconfigure this intersection, with construction anticipated in the summer of 2013, county spokeswoman Sarah Lankford Sprecher said.

The project will entail either constructing a roundabout or adding a traffic signal, Sprecher said. Initial analysis indicates the best solution is a roundabout, she said.

“The writer is correct; the current configuration for the intersection control causes significant delay and queuing of traffic on the northbound Underpass Way approach,” Sprecher wrote in an email.

The Division of Public Works has been evaluating the possibility of converting the intersection to an all-way stop as an interim measure to reduce delays, she said.
 
“If we conclude that average vehicle delay will be diminished and it does not create other indirect adverse effects, we will implement these measures,” she said. “Otherwise, driver patience would still need to prevail until we can complete the over improvement project.”

— Compiled by Heather Keels

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