by Lisa Tome
A year ago, former Delegate David Rudolph announced State Highway Administration approval for the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Route 276 (Jacob Tome Memorial Highway) and Firetower/Camp Meeting Ground roads.
This week, that traffic signal will be activated. A state highway billboard warned drivers that the signal was coming.
Last year, Rudolph stated that he has received numerous calls from citizens during the past several years regarding safety at the intersection. He requested various improvements and requested a traffic study for the area to determine if the intersection met the requirements for additional improvements.
"This intersection is one of the worst intersections in our county and I am extremely pleased to announce the approval of a full traffic light. Located on a very busy road, this intersection has a large school bus, truck and commuter traffic. I have seen firsthand how dangerous navigating this intersection can be and have spoken with residents about the numerous close calls that have occurred. I want to thank the State Highway Administration for working with me to improve the intersection."
In making its decision, the State Highway Administration studied vehicular volumes, speed, and visibility. Rudolph also credited a group of bus drivers from Marshall Bus Company for their work in bringing this project to fruition.
Wayne Tome, Sr., EMS Chief for the Water Witch Fire Company, and Mayor of Port Deposit said the new signal could be a lifesaver. He said he has been to many "major" accidents at that intersection. "This has been a long time coming and will be a big benefit to slow traffic. There have been a lot of major accidents there due to the volume of business, residential, and commercial truck traffic. This signal will help with the pressure on that intersection," said Tome.
Tome said now that this intersection has gotten a signal, there is another that needs to be studied. "Now we need to focus on Route 275 (Perrylawn Drive) at Craigtown Road," said Tome.
The light will likely be activated on September 24.