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March 04, 2012

The problem: Intersections along Clear Spring Road are marked with its state route number, Md. 68, but do not have street signs indicating its name, Clear Spring Road.
Clear Spring Road resident Sandra Norcross said this causes confusion for drivers because addresses for homes and businesses along the road use the road name, not the route number.
“We local people know where we are, but this summer, several cars looking for the Pinesburg Softball field thought they were on the right road, but not sure, because they never saw any road signs,” she said. “And many of these cars were from out of state, like Maine to Florida. If you advertise for a business at (address number) Clear Spring Road, people not familiar with the area have stopped and asked for directions.”
Norcross said her previous attempts to get the state to put up road signs were unsuccessful.

Who could fix it: Maryland State Highway Administration

What they say: SHA spokeswoman Kellie Boulware said the road is consistent with other state routes in rural areas, which have signs with the roadway name at the beginning and end of the route, but not necessarily at every intersection.
In some urban and suburban areas, street-name signs are used, especially if the road changes names, Boulware said.
She said that to point the way to the Pinesburg Softball Complex, there is an exit sign that says “Pinesburg, 1 mile” that should help visitors find that facility.
Boulware added that if Norcross contacts the SHA to suggest specific intersections where street signs are needed, SHA staff will consider the request.

 — Compiled by Heather Keels

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