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Updated: Two Traffic Lights Suggested for Sixty Foot Road in Pittsville

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Sixty Foot Road sign (Photo: WBOC) Sixty Foot Road sign (Photo: WBOC)

PITTSVILLE, Md.- For the second time this year, neighbors and town leaders in Pittsville met with officials from the Maryland State Highway Administration Wednesday night to discuss options to make the intersection of Route 50 and Sixty Foot Road safer.

Leaders of the Pittsville Fire Department tell WBOC the intersection has developed a bad reputation over the years because of the violent crashes that occur there way too often.

"There's just too many wrecks," said Tad Farlow, one of the directors at the Pittsville Fire Department.  "The severity of the wrecks is what's concerning. Because those are side on, or what we refer to as T-bone wrecks in most all instances, and they're the ones that have the highest degree for potential injury.

Fire department leaders in Pittsville said a vast majority of the accidents occur when cars try and cross over Route 50 on Sixty Foot Road heading into Pittsville.  It is an issue that has been going on for years.  Flashing lights have been installed at the intersection and rumble strips on Route 50 leading up to it.  Also, drivers are also required to use their headlights on Route 50 all the way to the Route 90 split.  

Earlier this year, SHA proposed a J-turn at the intersection that was quickly rejected by business owners in Pittsville and area farmers who worried about having to navigate it.  

At Wednesday's meeting, the SHA revealed plans to install two traffic lights at the intersection. Many residents at the meeting supported the plan. 

"We're pretty happy with what's going to be done," said Lisa Smith, of Willards. "It's been needing to be done for a long time. We've lost a lot of lives there so we're pretty happy about it."

The SHA and town leaders say they hope to have the project complete by next year.

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