RSHS traffic con­cerns this granny

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -


I was driv­ing north on Route 272 re­cently from North East to the Calvert in­ter­sec­tion when I re­al­ized that state road­work is now com­plete at the en­trance to Ris­ing Sun High School.

The so called “im­prove­ment” left me stunned.

The pre­vi­ous is­land has been re­moved, the traffic light re­mains, and turn lanes added for en­ter­ing and ex­it­ing the school drive­way. While this may be an im­prove­ment, fur­ther pre­cau­tions need to be put in place. There are no signs telling Route 272 through traffic that they are ap­proach­ing a school zone. The school is hid­den from sight. The newly widened and black­topped sec­tion is an in­vi­ta­tion to speed. In fact within a quar­ter mile of the en­trance there is a 50 mph traffic sign!

Traffic tends to move fast on this road and there is an abun­dance of trac­tor trail­ers. Why are there no warn­ing signs like “School Zone — Speed Limit 25?” Maybe am­ber blinker lights or warn­ing stripes on the road it­self? Isn’t this just ba­sic com­mon sense?

I have three grand­chil­dren cur­rently at­tend­ing Ris­ing Sun High. All three are good stu­dent driv­ers, but still begin­ners along with many school­mates who are in the same boat. Can some­thing fur­ther be done to se­cure the safety of our kids and grand­kids as they head into and out of school ev­ery day?

I know this mat­ter is prob­a­bly in the hands of the State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Can we get their at­ten­tion?

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