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Maryland State Highway Administration to add stop signs on Big Pool Road

Together with the existing stop signs on Ashton Road, new stop signs will create a four-way stop

June 10, 2012

The Maryland State Highway Administration will add new stop signs for traffic on Md. 56, or Big Pool Road, at the intersection with Ashton Road, south of Clear Spring on Thursday.

Together with the existing stop signs on Ashton Road, the new stop signs will create a four-way stop for improved safety at the intersection, the SHA said in a news release.

This will give motorists more protection from vehicles approaching from the west on Md. 56, where a hill west of the intersection limits visibility.

In addition to the stop signs, SHA will install “Stop Ahead” warning signs about 450 feet before the intersection. These permanent signs will be marked with red flags for the first four weeks to alert motorists to the change.

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Portable Variable Message Signs will be in place on Md. 56 in the week leading up to the change and the first week following the change.

The SHA asks motorists on Md. 56 and Ashton Road  to use caution approaching and proceeding through the intersection, particularly over the coming weeks as area drivers get used to the new four-way stop.

As with all four-way stops in Maryland, the vehicle that arrives first may proceed through the intersection first. If more than one vehicle arrives at the stop signs at the same time, a motorist must yield to the vehicle to the right.

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