What's Wrong With This Picture?

January 29, 2012
  • Traffic is backed up at 5 p.m. Thursday on Frederick Street at Commonwealth Avenue.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The problem: At the intersection of Frederick Street and Commonwealth Avenue in Hagerstown, the traffic signal immediately stops traffic on Frederick Street every time a vehicle approaches the intersection on Commonwealth Avenue. In the evenings, as people who work on Commonwealth Avenue are leaving, this leads to frequent red lights for Frederick Street traffic, causing long northbound backups, a local commuter observed.

Who could fix it: City of Hagerstown

What they say: Hagerstown Public Works Manager Eric Deike said the intersection was set up to allow buses leaving the Washington County Public Schools headquarters on Commonweath Avenue to get out quickly.
Asked if the signal could be adjusted to have greater sensitivity in the mornings, when buses are beginning their routes, and to wait longer between red lights in the evenings, Deike said he wasn’t sure.
“It can be adjusted, possibly,” he said. “We can take a look at it.”
Deike said Thursday that the city would look at the signal later in the week and he might have more information Monday.

 — Compiled by Heather Keels

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