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SHA Finally Agrees to Put “Do Not Block Intersection” Signs on Route 1 in North College Park

The “Do Not Block Intersection” sign on Route 1 at Campus Drive (via Google Map)

Good news. We’ve been told this morning that two “Do Not Block the Intersection” signs will be installed at the following intersections:

1. US 1 at Edgewood Road.

2. US 1 at Cherry Hill Road.

The signs will be installed by the end of August.

Many thanks to everyone who advocated and wrote to the SHA. We couldn’t do it without you.

Hopefully, with these installations, the traffic congestion at these two intersections will improve, if not gone. Similar signs have been in place on Route 1 at the Lakeland Rd, Campus drive, and Rosborough drive.

We’ve been asking for these signs for some time, probably even before the MD bill was brought up at the MD legislature. Unfortunately, those requests had been denied, citing a rule that the SHA hadn’t been applying consistently elsewhere. Fortunately, there has been a recent reorganization in the office that was dealing with our previous requests. We resubmitted a new request very recently and the new leadership accepted that this morning. Hope this clarifies.

On a related note, the MD legislative session ended recently, and unfortunately, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee did not take the “Do Not Block the Intersection” bill for a vote. This means the bill died for the second time. Thanks to everyone who took their time to write to the Senate committee.

 

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2 Comments to “SHA Finally Agrees to Put “Do Not Block Intersection” Signs on Route 1 in North College Park”

  1. By JeffNagle, May 5, 2018 @ 1:18 am

    Thank you ! I had written the SHA back in January and got this response in March about the Edgewood intersection:In response to your request for a “Do Not Block Intersection” sign along southbound US 1 at Edgewood Road, we conducted an evaluation which considered factors such as existing signing and pavement markings, roadway geometry, traffic operations, traffic volume counts, a recent three-year crash data and also conducted a field review. During our field visit, it was observed that motorists along US 1 southbound frequently blocked the intersection. However, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) states that this type of signing should be used only at unsignalized intersections with public streets and major driveways where traffic frequently queues across the intersection. As a result, a “Do Not Block Intersection” sign is not recommended at this location at this time.
    It sounds like the change of personnel at SHA allowed common sense to override the manual.I had considered writing Mr. Kabir but assumed the SHA was set in their ways.After August maybe I can finally make it to Shoppers between 3:30 and 7:30 without detouring thru Beltsville !

  2. By Fazlul Kabir, May 5, 2018 @ 7:11 am

    Hi Jeff, Thank you for writing to the SHA. We received this same “standard message” as well. I agree it looks like the change in personnel has made the difference.