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Old 05-12-2014, 12:55 PM
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Some time ago, Maryland decided to improve the intersectionof Routes 198 and 32. Going east on 198,one could make a careful right turn (on red) onto eastbound 32. There must have been a few accidents,probably because the entrance to Ft Meade off of 32 was just after theintersection as a left turn. People must have been coming off of 198 and quickly getting into the left lane for theturn

So, the state decided to change the intersection, providingtwo right turn lanes from 198 onto eastbound 32. They included merge lanesgoing from two to one then merge onto 32 over about a half mile. In some areasthere were actually 6 lanes going eastboundIt must have cost in the millions to create those merge lanes. Once finished they put up a sign that simplysaid, “NO TURN ON RED. So they wasted the millions of dollars for the merge lanes by putting up a sign that says youdon’t need them. Why didn’t they justput up the sign in the first place?
Of course that intersection has been altered again and now has traffic circles and all kinds of ramps to get you to where you want to go. It’s probably better now.

This brings us to 2014. The state has just finished widening southbound Connecticut Avenuebetween I495 and Jones Bridge Road. They added a lane on the right that has to make a right turn at Jones Bridge Road. It used to be there was a smallisland on the right with a turn ramp onto Jones Bridge, and, as long as therewere not more than a couple cars waiting to go straight you could make theright turn after stopping and looking to see that no cars were coming that waythrough the intersection. Not now though. When they finished building the right turn lane, they added the most expensive sign in Maryland again.

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Old 05-15-2014, 03:48 PM
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I think it was a huge waste of money back in 2007 or 2008, for the MD Tourism Department to add the thousands of brown tourist-site signs around the state. Many of them point to obscure out-of-the way sites, or have vague ambiguous titles.

For instance -- In La Plata, Charles County in southern MD, one of these brown signs says "turn SOUTH onto Highway 301 to the Patuxent Corridor" - That's fine -- except the last time I checked, Laurel, Bowie, and Upper Marlboro are on the Patuxent River and they're NORTH, not South.

Also in La Plata, Charles County, one of the brown signs says "turn SOUTH onto Highway 301 to get to Chesapeake Bay Western Shore." The problem is, that Baltimore and Annapolis - which are THE BIGGEST attractions in the entire state - are on the Chesapeake Western Shore, and they're both NORTH, not South.
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