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What's Wrong with this Picture?

May 06, 2012
  • A reader says the right-turn lane coming from Eastern Boulevard in Hagerstown can create problems as traffic tries to merge onto northbound Leitersburg Pike.
By Andrew Schotz, Staff Writer

The problem: A right-turn lane from Eastern Boulevard in Hagerstown onto Leitersburg Pike, going north. Denise Rice wrote: “Drivers think they need to either stop, which could potentially cause a rear-end collision, or they cross over the solid white line into the next lane, which could also cause a collision.”

Rice suggested posting signs urging drivers in that right-turn lane from Eastern Boulevard to “keep moving” or “stay in their lane.”

Who could fix it: Maryland State Highway Administration

What they say: SHA spokesman David Buck wrote in an email: “If a motorist chooses to cross a solid white line into another vehicle’s path rather than take advantage of the fact the two traffic movements are separated, that is a poor, dangerous decision. The width of the white line in the picture provided emphasizes the degree of caution needed. The wider the line, the more caution needed. Additionally, stopping in the free right-turn lane is extremely dangerous, as there is no need for a driver to stop in that lane.

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“If there is an ongoing issue with driver behavior and motorists crossing over the solid white line, the Hagerstown City Police may be able to increase enforcement.”
 

— Compiled by Andrew Schotz

If you are aware of a safety problem, a major annoyance or a pet peeve that one of our governmental bodies, an agency or an organization is responsible for fixing, send the information, and a photo if you have it, to:

What’s Wrong With This Picture
c/o The Herald-Mail newsroom
100 Summit Ave.
Hagerstown MD 21740
You can email the information to lindad@herald-mail.com.

Editor’s note: Each Monday, The Herald-Mail will highlight an infrastructure issue or other problem and will try to find out what is being done to fix or improve the situation. We will not tackle situations involving neighborhood or domestic disputes, or consumer problems.

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