SHA takes an­other crack at fix­ing Ris­ing Sun High School in­ter­sec­tion

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Work crews poured and lev­eled dirt and gravel Wed­nes­day as work con­tin­ued to ren­o­vate the in­ter­sec­tion in front of Ris­ing Sun High School.

The Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion hired Al­lan My­ers to com­plete the $2.8 mil­lion project, the third such re­visit to the trou­ble­some in­ter­sec­tion.

The project was ini­tially awarded to Daisy Con­struc­tion, which Al­lan My­ers ac­quired in Septem­ber 2015.

In 2006, it was re­ported that where Tiger Drive meets Route 272 there had been at least nine ac­ci­dents there in three years. Since then, there have been many oth­ers, in­clud­ing one in­volv­ing a school bus. At least one of the wrecks re­sulted in se­ri­ous in­juries.

The SHA agreed to study the con­fig­u­ra­tion and see what changes could be made. In Jan­uary 2007, the de­ci­sion was an­nounced to add an­other traf­fic sig­nal

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and di­rec­tional is­lands to the area most trav­eled by new driv­ers.

The is­lands were added af­ter a fall 2006 crash sent two var­sity girls soc­cer play­ers to the hos­pi­tal. The fa­ther of one of those vic­tims called the in­ter­sec­tion “a con­fus­ing maze, es­pe­cially at night.”

Seven years later, it was an­nounced there would be a third at­tempt to make the area safer. David Buck, SHA spokesman, said the light pole would be moved out of the in­ter­sec­tion in what is con­sid­ered a more tra­di­tional con­fig­u­ra­tion.

“This is not a safety is­sue based on the num­ber of crashes, which is very, very low,” Buck said at that time. “(It’s) an at­tempt to avoid any con­fu­sion.”

Ac­cord­ing to Buck, en­gi­neers de­cided the con­crete is­land was what caused the most con­fu­sion.

With an SHA project man­ager over­see­ing the work, loads of dirt and gravel were be­ing ap­plied to build bio-swales, which will di­vert stormwa­ter away from the road. With the base of the traf­fic light now tucked into the fo­liage across from the high school, the is­lands will be re­moved.

The road has also been widened to add a merge lane. Soon the road will be milled and repaved, and the sur­face striped.

The project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the sec­ond week of July.

Ac­cord­ing to Char­lie Gis­chlar, also an SHA spokesman, once this work is fin­ished, the crew will move to Ap­ple­ton Road and Route 273 to be­gin con­struc­tion of a round­about.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Af­ter the dirt is poured, this crew from Al­lan My­ers will level it as they con­struct a bio-swale along Route 272 at Tiger Drive near North East.

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