Baltimore Residents Seek Improved Traffic Controls at Dangerous IntersectionSeptember 10, 2018
For over 20 years, the section of Frederick Road between Thistle and Hillside roads has been known as Dead Man’s Curve and Devil’s Corner, thanks to the number of serious accidents that have occurred at that location over the years. Business owners and residents in the area are urging state officials to install new traffic controls that will alert drivers to slow down and use extra caution as they approach this notorious intersection. While rumble strips and flashing yellow hazard signs are in place, residents feel that more proactive measures need to be taken.
The most recent series of accidents took place in July near Dimitri’s International Grille, which is located between Thistle Road and Frederick Road. The two accidents, which occurred on July 7 and July 13, were serious, but not fatal. In both accidents, the vehicles involved flipped over. According to the restaurant owner, the occupants of the vehicles were lucky to be alive. Clearly, the rumble strips and freshly painted lines are not doing enough to address the location’s safety issues, said the restaurant owner.
State Highway Administration Reviewing Possible Solutions
The owner met with State Highway Administration officials, as well as a staff member from the County Councilman’s office to discuss his concerns. They discussed possible solutions, including the installation of a flashing red beacon in front of the restaurant. This would alert drivers to the curve in the road ahead and urge them to reduce their speed. The councilman commented on the hazardous traffic issues at the location, saying it is the worst intersection in his district, and that there is no question that something needs to be done.
Both discussed the idea of rerouting part of the intersection, but it would be cost prohibitive and difficult from an environmental standpoint, since there is a stream near the road. The stream starts just north of Frederick Road and runs south into the Patapsco River.
Other residents in the area, including the co-owner of Rooster + Hen grocery store, see people speeding on a regular basis. When motorists are driving too fast and they approach a curve, they can lose control of their vehicle. This can cause serious property damage, as well as devastating injuries, including damage to storefronts if the vehicle crashes into one of the buildings. In addition to a flashing red beacon and the existing rumble strips, other safety improvements that were suggested included speed cameras and having a police car positioned at the location to enforce the speed limit.
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