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The problem: East Franklin Street, near Hagerstown City Hall, has three westbound lanes — two for traffic going straight, the third for traffic turning left onto North Potomac Street.
Roger Keller of Hagerstown wrote in an email that he has “nearly been hit several times” at this intersection.
“... (W)estbound traffic will turn left onto North Potomac from the second lane from the curb,” he wrote. “(There are) no arrows to indicate the correct usage. Maybe a picture and followup will prevent a future mishap.”
The Herald-Mail watched the intersection for about 15 minutes and saw two instances of cars turning left from the center lane. Both times, though, the left-turn lane was clear.
Who could fix it: Maryland State Highway Administration
What they say: Asked about Keller’s concern, SHA spokesman David Buck wrote in an email: “In speaking with my traffic engineers, SHA will add a left turn only sign on the signal mast arm this summer. SHA will make a decision as to which existing sign on the signal pole will be removed .... There are already three signs (two for parking and one for No Turn on Red) in place. It may be possible to rearrange the signage to include all four; this decision will be made in the coming weeks prior to the installation of the left-turn sign.
“In terms of motorists making a left turn from the center lane, that is poor driver behavior and dangerous driving. On a three lane road, we would ask motorists to get in the left-most lane to turn left.”
— Compiled by Andrew Schotz
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