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J-turns at Newark Intersection Hit Speed Bump of Opposition


NEWARK, Md.- Store owner Debbie Wells, of Snow Hill, makes most of her revenue from drivers passing through the community of Newark. But she believes getting drivers to stop for gas or a bite to eat will soon be difficult. Because the Maryland State Highway Administration's plans to allow J-turns on Route 113, near Langmaid Road, in Newark, and not stoplights.

"It could be devastating to our business, very devastating," said Wells. "Because people would choose not to stop."

Drivers will not be allowed to turn left onto Langmaid Road from Route 113. Instead they will turn right, then make a U-turn back onto Route 113. The problems: it's inconvenient and businesses here don't like it. 

"People just don't pay close attention," said Wells. "With the J-turns there's going to be a lot more accidents."

Darryl Tingle, of Berlin, believes J-turns will reduce the likelihood of an accident.

"It might be inconvenient but if it's safe then it should be put up there," said Tingle.

The SHA is moving ahead with the safety improvements, and said research shows J-turns are best for this intersection. But Wells disagrees.

"We just think that's going to be very dangerous for everyone involved," said Wells. She has started a petition, and said she will not stop fighting J-turns because her business depends on it.

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