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Debate Over Sixty Foot Road in Pittsville Continues

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Intersection at Route 50 and Sixty Foot Road (Photo: WBOC News) Intersection at Route 50 and Sixty Foot Road (Photo: WBOC News)

PITTSVILLE, Md.- Heated debate continues to center around the notorious intersection at Sixty Foot Road and Route 50 in Pittsville. The Maryland State Highway Administration recently proposed an alternative to placing a traffic light at the intersection. Local business owners and farmers oppose this suggestion.

The SHA presented a plan for a J-turn at the intersection to curb the deadly accidents that frequently occur there. Bob Rager of the SHA, said after evaluating the roadway and intersection, the J-turn was the better alternative to a traffic signal.

JT's Market sits at the corner of the intersection, owner Trent Molnar doesn't think a J-turn makes much sense. 

"My problem with the J-turn is that I don't think they took into consideration the truck traffic that we have going down the road and also where it's going to push the other traffic that doesn't want to do that J-turn," Molnar said.

Molnar also worries that a J-turn placed at the intersection would hurt his business. He said the state not wanting to place a traffic light at the intersection instead is reflective of one thing.

"I think it's the issue of they don't want to stop the flow of traffic to Ocean City," Molnar said.They said to us, Schaefer had a program back when he was governor, Reach The Beach."

The idea of a J-turn is not sitting well with farmers either. They said their heavy equipment is too big to make the turn safely. Dick Livingston at John Deere explained the maneuverability issue.

"The issue in my mind is with the speed of this equipment. It can sometimes max out at eight to 10 miles per hour, so without having anything slowing the traffic down on a major highway like Route 50 to allow them the time to get over to a J-turn, it becomes a true safety issue," Livingston said.

The SHA said the plan is not set in stone and it will continue to explore options to address safety concerns at the intersection. 

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