SNOW HILL, Md.- Too many accidents and two lives lost. That is what has happened in the last couple of years at the intersection of routes 12 and 113 in Snow Hill.
Now the state is stepping in and putting up a stop light in hopes of curbing the dangerous problem.
According to the Maryland State Highway Administration, there have been 55 accidents at the intersection since 2007. Two of those crashes were fatal in 2011 and 2012.
The addition of traffic light is a change that Cindy Pritchard said needed to happen before any more people are hurt.
"We always wonder, how many lives is it going to take before they solve the problem...before they actually deal with it or does it have to happen to someone who is really important?" Pritchard said.
Pritchard said her biggest concern since she moved to Snow Hill was the safety of her family around an intersection that she calls scary and dangerous.
"As a mother of a new driver, a very new driver, we avoid the intersection at all costs," she said. "As a matter of fact, I tell her if she dares to go through the intersection she is punished."
Eric Waidner said the light that currently flashes at the intersection does not make him feel any safer. He said that any other necessary steps to make a road that has had a history of tragedy be safer is more than OK with him.
"It's especially if I have my kids in the car, like if I am taking them to see grandmom, the last thing I want to do is be involved in an accident just because people are driving 60 to 65 miles an hour and buzzing through there and they don't stop," Waidner said.
Robert Hulburd, who is the chairman of the advocacy group, County Residents Action for Safer Highways said that the group has been lobbying for improvements to the intersection for many years. He said putting a stop light is a good idea but he does not think it is enough.
"I still believe the long term solution is to put an overpass over Route 113 with Route 12 so that opposing vehicles won't be hitting each other," he said. "By its nature it is not going to solve all the problems. People are still going to have to be careful, they are still going to have to watch what they are doing. But let's give it a shot, because what they have now is not working."
SHA District Engineer Donnie Drewer said that the stop light is expected to go up by mid-summer at a cost of around $400,000.
Maryland Delegate Mike McDermott said that there are even bigger plans that may eventually take off, which include an overpass above that intersection.
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