What's wrong with this picture?

November 18, 2012
  • The Maryland State Highway Administration recently resurfaced this intersection at Pennsylvania and Northern avenues in Hagerstown, as seen in this photograph taken Wednesday. Temporarily, the road was marked to allow two lanes continuing north through the intersection, even though there was supposed to be just one. The discrepancy was fixed Friday, according to the SHA.
By Andrew Schotz, Staff Writer

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The problem: Recently, the road striping on Pennsylvania Avenue (U.S. 11) in Hagerstown changed where it meets Northern Avenue.

The road was lined for two lanes going north through the intersection instead of one.

After Northern Avenue, though, the road narrowed to one lane.

A Herald-Mail employee noted last week that if traffic continued north through the intersection in the right lane, it would run into a curb that extends into the road. Drivers needed to move to the left to get to the single lane that continued. There was no signage on the road directing traffic to move to the left to get into that lane.

Who fixed it: Maryland State Highway Administration

What they say: Heather Keels, an SHA district community liaison for Washington County, said the lane markings were temporary. The permanent configuration is one through-lane going north and one left-turn lane, as well as the right-turn lane onto Northern Avenue.


Keels wrote in an email on Thursday: “SHA recently resurfaced this section of US 11 and is in the process of installing the new pavement markings. As part of the project, the lanes are being revised to allow a wider turning radius for the free right turn from northbound U.S. 11 onto Northern Avenue.

“As before, the final configuration will have one left-turn-only lane, one through lane and one right-turn-only lane. The right lane will be clearly marked for right turns only with an arrow on the pavement and a solid white line for the left edge of the right-turn lane. Weather permitting, these final markings will be installed by the end of the day on Friday.”

As predicted, the new lane markings were completed Friday morning, Keels wrote in a follow-up email.

— Compiled by Andrew Schotz

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