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September 23, 2012
  • The yellow lines painted in the 500 block of Summit Avenue at the intersection with Reynolds Avenue split several feet apart, appearing to direct traffic to veer to the right several feet as they pass through the intersection. A flashing yellow light hangs above the intersection. Many motorists who drive along Summit Avenue, however, simply drive straight through and do not follow the lines.
Photo by C.J. Lovelace

The problem: The yellow lines painted in the 500 block of Summit Avenue at the intersection with Reynolds Avenue split several feet apart, appearing to direct traffic to veer to the right several feet as they pass through the intersection. A flashing yellow light hangs above the intersection.

Many motorists who drive along Summit Avenue, however, simply drive straight through and do not follow the lines.

Traffic approaching the intersection from Reynolds Avenue has a stop sign and a flashing red light. The painted lines on Reynolds Avenue split the two traffic lanes farther apart, making it seem like drivers have to veer to the right, even if they want to go straight.

Residents of Summit Avenue have expressed concerns to the Hagerstown City Council about speeding along the street.

Who can fix it: The City of Hagerstown

What they say: City Engineer Rodney Tissue said in an email that the lines were originally painted in late 2010, with hopes of installing a mini roundabout at the intersection of Summit and Reynolds avenues shortly afterward.

“It has taken a little longer,” Tissue wrote.

After hearing concerns from residents in the area about speeding along Summit Avenue, Tissue, at the Sept. 18 Hagerstown City Council meeting, presented preliminary plans for a roundabout at the intersection and a median to be installed on Summit Avenue, which widens in the area of the 500 and 600 blocks.

“The lines will direct traffic around the mini roundabout when we install it this fall,” Tissue wrote. “Once the mini roundabout goes in, the flashing light will come down.”
When asked what motorists are currently supposed to do as they approach and travel through the intersection, Tissue replied: “Slow down.”

— Compiled by C.J. Lovelace

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:

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c/o The Herald-Mail newsroom

100 Summit Ave.

Hagerstown MD 21740

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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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