Traf­fic light com­ing to Ce­cil County side of the Conowingo Dam

Cecil Whig - - OURCECIL - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

CONOWINGO — The Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion is wait­ing for per­mis­sion from the neigh­bors to con­tinue with its plans to in­stall a full traf­fic sig­nal on Route 222 at U.S. Route 1.

The sig­nal will come with “dilemma zone de­tec­tion” to fur­ther en­hance safety along this cor­ri­dor that has had more than its share of ve­hi­cle col­li­sions.

Mary­land State Po­lice have been called to at least a half dozen se­ri­ous crashes in that area in the past two years ac­cord­ing to MSP spokesman Greg Ship­ley.

“Mary­land State Po­lice re­sponded to two crashes at that lo­ca­tion, one prop­erty dam­age and one per­sonal in­jury,” Ship­ley said. “In 2019, State Po­lice re­sponded to four per­sonal in­jury crashes and one prop­erty dam­age crash there, not in­clud­ing the dump truck that went over the dam it­self.”

Robert Rager, SHA spokesman, said the project to im­prove traf­fic safety on the Ce­cil County side of the Conowingo Dam has been in progress for well over a year.

“We’ve in­stalled much of the in­fra­struc­ture but the project can’t be com­pleted un­til we have a green light, so to speak, to at­tach elec­tri­cal con­duit to the rail­road bridge here,” Rager said Wed­nes­day, re­fer­ring to nearby Nor­folk South­ern. “It’s been a long le­gal process but I think we’re fi­nally close to an agree­ment with the rail­road.”

Rager said the sig­nal will im­prove safety, es­pe­cially for those driv­ers com­ing from Port De­posit with the in­ten­tion of mak­ing a left turn onto the dam, or those trav­el­ing south on Route 1, also wish­ing to turn left.

“Be­cause of the lo­ca­tion, we’re in­clud­ing ad­di­tional safety fea­tures on US 1; specif­i­cally, “red sig­nal ahead” warn­ing lights and some­thing we call “dilemma zone de­tec­tion,” Rager said. The radar based sys­tem reads the speed of a ve­hi­cle and its dis­tance to the traf­fic light as it is about to turn red.

“A driver en­ter­ing the dilemma zone as the sig­nal turns yel­low may de­cide to ac­cel­er­ate rather than stop. The de­tec­tion equip­ment can sense ve­hi­cle speed and lo­ca­tion and tell the con­troller to hold the yel­low light just a lit­tle longer, al­low­ing that ve­hi­cle to clear the in­ter­sec­tion be­fore the light turns red,” he ex­plained. “It’s an ef­fec­tive method for im­prov­ing safety by re­duc­ing the like­li­hood of a ve­hi­cle run­ning a red light.”

Ac­cord­ing to Rager, that tech­nol­ogy is al­ready in place on Au­gus­tine Her­man

High­way at Point and Wil­liams near Elkton.

Rager could not say when work would con­tinue or when the sig­nal would be

Lo­cust Roads placed into use.

SHA es­ti­mates that Route 1 sees 14,000 ve­hi­cles daily, while 3,000 travel that sec­tion of Route 222 on an av­er­age day.

COUR­TESY CHART/MDOT

Once Nor­folk South­ern al­lows elec­tric to be run across its prop­erty, Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion ex­pects that a new full traf­fic sig­nal at Route 1 and Route 222 on the Ce­cil County side of the Conowingo Dam will be put into use.

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