Deborah Jean Dr & Montgomery Rd Elkridge, MD, 21075, USA
There was yet another accident at this intersection this morning around 8:45 AM, Saturday April 27th. It’s only a matter of time before there is a fatal T-bone accident due to the county refusing to act on the repeated requests to improve this intersection.
A study of traffic volume cannot adequately assess the danger of this intersection. The crosstraffic is often speeding at 50+ MPH in this 40 MPH zone, and there is very limited visibility due to road curvature. Combined with confusing right of way rules, this intersection is a disaster waiting to happen.
Despite the results of the previous volume study, the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices specifically allows other considerations when determining whether to install a stop sign, and there is no reason for the county to ignore these concerns when they have many options at their disposal to improve this intersection. The options from the manual that allow the county to consider traffic slowing at this intersection are as follows:
Per the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD):
Section 2B.07 Multi-Way Stop Applications:
Other criteria that may be considered in an engineering study include:
A. The need to control left-turn conflicts;
B. The need to control vehicle/pedestrian conflicts near locations that generate high pedestrian volumes;
C. Locations where a road user, after stopping, cannot see conflicting traffic and is not able to negotiate the intersection unless conflicting cross traffic is also required to stop; and
D. An intersection of two residential neighborhood collector
(through) streets of similar design and operating characteristics where multi-way stop control would improve traffic operational characteristics of the intersection.
Items A and C (and arguably D) are particularly relevant to this intersection.
Item A: When cars are stopped on both sides of the intersection, each trying to make a left turn or cross the road, the turns are treacherous and require the two drivers to make eye contact and communicate from across the road to avoid an accident due to confusion over the right of way.
Item C: This is the most compelling reason of all. This is a high speed intersection with a posted speed limit of 40MPH (and most vehicles traveling faster than that). Due to road curvature visibility is very limited making entering this intersection very dangerous. The MUTCD explicitly allows 4 way stop signs to be installed for this reason.
This is a high speed busy intersection near neighborhoods with many children and young drivers, and is nearby a school where several schoolbuses pass. The county has the opportunity to save lives with the simple installation of stop signs or a traffic circle, and the MUTCD allows it to do so for the reasons above. The residents implore you to help. Thank you.
6072 Joseph Scott Drive Elkridge, MD 21075, United States of AmericaThe number and size of the traffic signs on Toomey Lane and the roads off of it are excessive for a residential area. Please reconsider what is required for such a small area without a thoroughfare.
- Acknowledged by: Howard County, MD (Tell HoCo)
6551-6599 Meadowridge Rd Elkridge, MD, 21075, USA
The underpass on Route 103 that allows passage from Anne Arundel County to Howard County is a traffic safety hazard.
This area is failing to drain and typically has standing water present.
The primary cause of the problem in this area is a consistent source of water from the train tracks on top of the overpass. Typically, there is water running from this source for multiple days after rain occurs. During heavy rains there is a significant amount of water on the road.
After recent roadwork in that area there are depressions in the road that allow water to pool. The problem is severe and motorists are typically forced to straddle the yellow lines or cross into the opposite lane. When the temperature is at or below freezing, this area turns into a slushy mixture of ice and water. The constant freezing and thawing is causing a large number of potholes to develop, which further complicates navigating this passage.
Please investigate. Thank you.
6430 Anderson Avenue Hanover, MarylandAt this four-way stop, there is only a stop sign for the southbound lane of Anderson Avenue, creating sometimes dangerous conditions for northbound traffic on Anderson Ave going straight or turning left onto Mound Street, as well as dangerous conditions for persons turning left or right from Mound Street onto Anderson Ave. There are also no speed limit signs in the area. Consider placing a speed limit sign on the pre-existing "No Outlet" pole at this same intersection.