Traffic light upgrade gets the go-ahead Stepped-up watch of trucks planned

September 22, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

The State Highway Administration has agreed to upgrade a traffic light at a Crofton intersection that community officials say is one of the most dangerous traffic spots in the area.

Town Manager Jordan L. Harding said the new signal should be installed by the end of the year at Davidsonville Road and Defense Highway.

"The signal will take away a lot of misjudgments on who has the right of way and who doesn't," Mr. Harding said.

John Healy, an SHA spokesman, said the upgraded signal would cost $15,000 to $20,000. The price includes four motion detectors placed in the intersecting roads at a cost of $800 each.

The town manager met with three state highway officials in June and toured the site, where visibility is limited because of hills and where traffic is often heavy.

Cars heading west on Defense Highway are met by a flashing yellow light warning them of the upcoming intersection, but drivers pulling out of the Staples Corner shopping center cannot see the oncoming cars.

SHA officials counted 1,500 cars traveling through the intersection between the peak hours of 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Since January 1989, 20 accidents have been reported, many with serious injuries. According to a diagram listing each of the collisions, most seem to involve cars making rTC left turns against oncoming traffic.

Eleven of the accidents were fender-benders in which no one was hurt. The other nine involved personal injuries, the report says.

Mr. Harding said the new signals, which will have a green arrow for left turns, should alleviate most of the problems and make regrading the hill on Route 424 north of the intersection or adding more lanes unnecessary.

In additional traffic news from Crofton, Mr. Harding said state police have increased their watch on trucks using Route 3 and Davidsonville Road. He said his office has received numerous complaints of overloaded trucks that fail to meet safety requirements.

Mr. Harding said "the word is out" among truck drivers that they will be stopped and checked.

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