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March 11, 2012
  • Several years ago, at the intersection of Md. 65 (Sharpsburg Pike) and Md. 68 (Lappans Road) south of Hagerstown, the state added left-turn lanes in the north and southbound directions of Md. 65, but did not mark the lanes as turn-only.
By Heather Keels

The problem: Several years ago, at the intersection of Md. 65 (Sharpsburg Pike) and Md. 68 (Lappans Road) south of Hagerstown, the state added left-turn lanes in the north and southbound directions of Md. 65, but did not mark the lanes as turn-only.

“Several times I have witnessed cars in the left lane proceeding straight through the intersection (mostly on the northbound side),” a reader wrote in an email. “This is going to eventually cause an accident.”


Who could fix it: Maryland State Highway Administration


What they say: SHA spokeswoman Kellie Boulware said it is the responsibility of drivers to see that only one of the lanes continues beyond the intersection.

“It is understood that those entering this left-turn lane have the intent to turn and signal to turn left,” she said. “Therefore SHA encourages drivers to exercise caution decision making when approaching the intersection. Certainly if they wish to proceed straight, we ask that they use signals as appropriate to maneuver into the though lane.”

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— Compiled by Heather Keels


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