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'Dangerous' Snow Hill Intersection Gets Stop Light


SNOW HILL, Md.- Car after car whisks by and traffic moves at a constant flow. Most people who live in Snow Hill use one word to describe this intersection.

"Very dangerous, very dangerous," said Jean Lynch of Snow Hill.

"It's dangerous. Yeah, it's dangerous," said Jerry Showell, of Snow Hill. "I try to avoid intersections because they are dangerous."

Lynch's concern over this intersection goes back years. She said she has seen more than 50 car accidents in that time.

"Screeching of breaks, slamming of metals together- it was just a treacherous sound that you don't even want to hear," said Lynch. She added, "you know, but you know when you hear that sound that things are not good at that intersection."

It's deadly accidents the Maryland State Highway Administration [SHA] hopes to curb by installing a new traffic light.

Since 2006, there have been about 60 car accidents there and two deaths.

The SHA said the traffic light is temporary. State officials are planning to build an overpass.
Route 12 will flow beneath Route 113. This project is a slow and costly one.
There is no word on when the overpass will be built. But state officials said construction will start after funding becomes available.

"I'm in support of whatever saves lives, you know, because I've seen so much tragedy at this intersection," said Lynch. "I'm hoping this is the solution."

On May 22nd the traffic light will be up and running. But until then, a flashing yellow light will remind drivers to slow down.

The project is broken up into phases. The last phase is the construction of the Route 12 and 113 overpass which state officials said could cost about 30 million dollars.

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