Pointing the way to safety at Hollywood intersection
Even the smallest of markings can make a big difference, including in highway safety, as a driver’s education instructor noted and a state highway crew remedied this week on Route 235 in Hollywood.
Email recipients compiled during former meetings in St. Mary’s of a Maryland Highway Safety Office discussion group received a message last Sunday from the instructor, not fully identified in his note, that a regulatory sign at the highway’s intersection across from Airport View Road gave motorists approaching from Mervell Dean Road a bum steer. The sign’s arrows indicated that drivers should make an immediate left turn to go south, the email stated, noting that a “driver followed the sign and was put into oncoming [northbound] traffic. The driver was going the wrong way on a divided highway.”
At midday Wednesday, the sign was replaced with one that has more precise directional markings by a two-man state highway crew, including a sign technician who said the old sign had been in place for about six years, and that newer drivers are trained to strictly adhere to where a sign says they should go.
“He did what the sign said, to the letter,” the technician acknowledged, adding that some miscues in the thousands of directional signs put up statewide do occur. “It’s rare,” he said, “but it does happen.”
Above, following the arrows’ instructions on an old highway sign in Hollywood could lead a motorist to mayhem when approaching Route 235’s intersection with Airport View Drive from Mervell Dean Road. At right, a corrected sign was installed this week.