SHA takes another crack at fixing Rising Sun High School intersection
— 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
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.
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.