At a crossroads

At a crossroads

  • Downtown Havre De Grace's popularity has grown steadily as small inns, antiques stores and restaurants beckon visitors.
Downtown Havre De Grace's popularity has grown steadily… (Sun photo by Barbara Haddock…)
July 14, 2011|By EDITORIAL FROM THE RECORD

One of the odd things about the way the Maryland State Highway Administration operates is the way it plays fast and loose with its public reasoning behind making or not making major roadway repairs or safety improvements.

A case in point some folks in these parts may recall going back two decades was whether a traffic light was needed at the intersection of Old Bay Lane and Route 7 at the intersection near the railroad bridge in Havre de Grace. For years after the bridge was built, obstructing views of the intersection, the state insisted no traffic light was needed, despite many suggests from the general public. Then there was a fatal accident at the intersection and a traffic light was in place within months. It wasn't, according to the state, because of the fatality. The time was just right.

More recently, there has been a suggestion that the state improve the intersection of Ontario and Ohio streets, which don't quite come to a square intersection. The state's reason for not doing the work, according to city officials, is because there haven't been enough accidents at the intersection.

But rest assured, the state doesn't have a policy of waiting for a fatality or a bad accident before making an improvement. Just ask and be assured that's the answer you'll get.

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