Safer road needed in Ches. City
FROM: BILL PANAGOPULOS CHESAPEAKE CITY
Recently, a young motorcyclist was killed in a tragic accident in Chesapeake City just in front of land now being cleared for the construction of a Dollar General store.
This spot on Route 213 is at the apex of a curving hill rising from Bohemia Manor High School only a few hundred yards to the south, and the busy PNC Bank, a diner and many other stores the same distance and downhill to the north. The access to the construction site is via a gravel driveway at the very top of this dangerous hill and, I presume, this same driveway will be used by the new store.
Students, neighbors, and other pedestrians as well as cars already routinely cross the road at this point of the 50 mph highway. Locals must contend with giant trucks and speeding automobiles already passing through their town in straight and level areas. Placing the entrance of what will undoubtedly be a very popular local store at this much more dangerous location will undoubtedly lead to more tragedy.
I urge state and local authorities to consider traffic “calming” measures in this area, or otherwise reconsider the approval of the store at this location.